Get Cooking With These Celebrities As Your Guide
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The idea of ordering takeout for every meal or eating breakfast for dinner while self-isolating might seem appealing at first—a dream even, for some—but after a while, it loses its charm and you just want something home-made. Which then leads to the big question: what to cook? Cue celebrities from all over the world taking to Instagram to show off their culinary skills—from Martha Stewart to Padma Lakshmi and YuTsai, who are whipping up a storm in their home kitchens using relatively simple recipes that anyone can replicate easily. Below, our top 10 celebrities to follow on Instagram for cooking inspiration and entertainment.

Antoni Porowski

The breakout star of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Antoni Porowski is not only easy on the eyes but also incredibly well-versed in the kitchen. He started Quar Eye: Cooking Lesson in Quarantine, a tongue-in-cheek IGTV series on his Instagram where he shows his followers how to cook simple dishes from sloppy Joe to chickpea pasta and (our favourite) “chicken soup for the soul(cially distanced)”.

David Rocco

We all know and love David Rocco from his Dolce series on the Food Network, and now we can continue to experience food through the lens of the Canadian-Italian celebrity chef on his Instagram. From quick-and-easy pasta dishes to delicious pizza recipes, Rocco doesn’t disappoint. His kids also makes surprise cameo appearances—another reason to watch his videos.

Gordon Ramsay

Yes, it’s the keeper of Hell’s Kitchen himself, Gordon Ramsay. He turns homecoming into a family affair, involving his wife and kids as he whips up comfort foods in the kitchen. From apple crumble to fish and chips, learn how a professional chef cooks—for free. Some of the dishes he makes like the one above requires a little more prep time, but once you’ve done that you can keep making it with your own variations.

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Jennifer Garner

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At the top of the comfort food list around here: @huckcafe’s Homemade English Muffins. There is a fresh batch quickly disappearing from my counter and I thought you might like them, too. I am reposting my own #PretendCookingShow (is that even allowed?) I was thinner then, but am happier now. 😊 (Quarantine note: if your pantry looks sketchy— milk with vinegar/lemon juice = buttermilk. And All-Purpose flour works A-OK here.) XXX P.S. why the obsession with protecting yeast? I’m so sorry. 🙈♥️ . Huckleberry Cafe’s English Muffins recipe (by @zoenathanloeb): 3 cups buttermilk 2 Tbsp active dry yeast 3 Tbsp unsalted butter 3 Tbsp honey 6 cups bread flour 1/4 cup sugar 4 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1 cup cornmeal . 1. Warm 1 1/2 cups buttermilk in saucepan, but do not boil. Place remaining 1 1/2 cups cold buttermilk in bowl of stand mixer with yeast and whisk to combine. Add warm buttermilk to cold buttermilk mixture and whisk to blend. Add butter, honey, bread flour, sugar, and salt and mix on low speed with dough hook for 1 min, until dough comes together. Increase speed to med-high and work dough for about 2 mins until smooth. . 2. Transfer dough to greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate for 1 hour. . 3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cornmeal on a clean work surface and dump dough onto it. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cornmeal on top of dough and flatten into a disk with 1 inch thickness. . 4. Sprinkle last 1/4 cup cornmeal onto a sheet pan. Cut English muffins from the dough with 3 inch round cutter. Cut them as closely as possible, minimizing the amount of scraps — you cannot combine and reroll this dough. 😬 . 5. Arrange muffins, 1 inch apart, on sheet pan. Allow to rise for 1 hour at room temperature, or refrigerate overnight and allow to rise for 1 hour in the AM. 🙋🏻‍♀️ . 6. Preheat oven to 350°F. When oven is hot, heat ungreased griddle or large cast-iron pan over med-high heat. Jen tip: 275°F for the temperature of your griddle! . 7. Drop muffins onto griddle for about 1 minute on each side, until golden brown. . 8. Return muffins to sheet pan and immediately bake for 8-10 minutes (I find closer to 12 mins for me! 🤷🏻‍♀️), until they feel light. . 9. Yum! So yum.

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Craving for some great baked goods? Let Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Garner show you how in her candid “#pretendshowcooking” series on Instagram, where she made English muffins following a recipe from her favourite cookbook, Huckleberry, by Zoe Nathan, the baker behind the cafe of the same name in Santa Monica, California. And don’t worry, she shares step-by-step recipes so all you have to do is follow. If you’re a mom with a baby to feed, Garner also shows how to make simple, plant-based baby food.

Martha Stewart

The OG domestic goddess Martha Stewart created #homeschoolwithmartha on Instagram, where together with editors from Martha Stewart Living, Stewart shares everything “from easy, delicious recipes the whole family will love and inspiring DIYs to creative projects to keep kids learning, as well as advice and ideas to keep you busy at home.” We love this one-pot pasta recipe because it’s fuss-free and above-all, delicious.

Massimo Bottura

If you—like most of us—are dying for some decadently sinful dessert, take to Italian restaurateur Massimo Bottura‘s Instagram page where he shows how to create the perfect tiramisu. The chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, also has other videos of him showing how to cook Italian sweet treats like paciugo di mascarpone and almond gelato with pistachio sauce.

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As if we need anymore reasons to love Oprah Winfrey, the queen of talkshows keeps it real on Instagram by cooking comfort foods like spaghetti carbonara in sweatpants. The recipes comes courtesy of celebrity cook Jamie Oliver.

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi, the model turned cookbook author and host of Bravo TV’s Top Chef, takes to Instagram to share her favourite contemporary take on classic South Indian dishes like sambar and thosai. She ask demonstrates how to make Western dishes such as rag pastas and lasagna with her daughter Krishna. So if you’re looking to whip up spicy easy-to-make nosh at home, Lakshmi has got you covered.

Rachel Ray

Who doesn’t love Rachel Ray? The bubbly talkshow host, celebrity cook and author brings everything we know and love her for onto Instagram in the form of bite-sized IGTVs. Whether you’re in the mood for hearty vegan ramen dishes or spicy quesadillas, Ray is giving you the blueprint to cook yourself a feast.


YuTsai’s cooking videos on Instagram are nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece, and we expect nothing less from the renowned creative director and celebrity photographer. Follow him if you’re looking to create East Asian dishes at home that looks and tastes like it came out of a restaurant kitchen.

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