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Five of the best chefs in Arkansas you should be following on Instagram

Five chefs from Arkansas you should be following on Instagram

Sometimes the food we find on Instagram is almost too pretty to eat. If you don’t have enough mouth-watering pictures of Southern food coming up in your Instagram feed, we’ve got you covered — we found some of the best chefs in Arkansas to follow on Instagram.

These Southern chefs come from different backgrounds and their Instagram accounts offer a peek into their lives both in and out of the kitchen. Find out their tips and tricks and maybe even find some inspiration for your own cooking. Click the arrows above to learn about each chef. 

Photo credit: Caroline Attwood / Unsplash

Chef Donnie Ferneau

Chef Donnie Ferneau, Little Rock, Arkansas

Chef Donnie Ferneau has been cooking in Little Rock for over a decade. Across Little Rock, Ferneau has created several restaurant concepts, including Cathead’s Diner, which is slated to open in early 2018. This past summer he competed on Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” running The Southern Frenchie food truck with his wife Meaghan Ferneau and sous chef Amanda Ivy. His Instagram will leave you drooling with photos of poke tuna nachos and baked Alaska. Ferneau also likes to show off what life is like outside the kitchen. 

Follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

Photo credit: Chef Donnie Ferneau Catering and Events Facebook

Chef Sara Slimp

Chef Sara Slimp, The Root Café in Little Rock, Arkansas

Pastry chef Sara Slimp has been baking since she was a child. She learned how to bake from her mom and grandma. She opened her food truck, Chunky Dunk Milk and Cookies in Fayetteville, in 2015 before joining The Root Café in 2016. On her Instagram account, Slimp shows off her sugary creations, her adorable dogs and life in Arkansas.  

Follow her on Instagram.

Photo credit: Sara Slimp Facebook

Chef Matthew McClure

Chef Matthew McClure, The Hive in Bentonville, Arkansas

The Little Rock native knows a thing or two about Southern cooking. Earning James Beard Best Chef South and Food and Wine Magazine’s Best new chef nominations, McClure has crafted a menu of “refined country cuisine” at The Hive in Bentonville’s 21c Museum Hotel. McClure’s Instagram is a combination of fresh ingredients, a behind-the-scenes look at the people in the kitchen of The Hive, and cooking tip videos.  

Follow him on Instagram and Twitter

Photo credit: Matthew McClure Facebook

Chef Matthew Bell

Chef Matthew Bell, South on Main in Little Rock, Arkansas

Behind the scenes at South on Main, chef Matthew Bell is making magic by creating sophisticated twists on classic Southern dishes like fried green tomatoes and boudin balls with comeback sauce. On his Instagram, Bell shows off beautifully plated dishes like pulled pork tacos and the fresh ingredients he’s using in the kitchen at South on Main. A native of Montana, Bell also posts gorgeous pictures of Montana’s lakes and mountains. 

Follow him on Instagram and Twitter

Photo credit: Georgia Pellegrini Facebook

Chef Amanda Ivy

Chef Amanda Ivy, Old Mill Bread in Little Rock, Arkansas

This past summer chef Amanda Ivy competed with chef Donnie Ferneau and his wife Meaghan on Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.” The experience was a new one for Ivy, but for a woman who once flew airplanes in the Army she was up for the challenge. Ivy is known for her baking skills (her desserts can be found at Skye’s Little Bistro, The Fold, and Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom) but isn’t afraid of making her way around the kitchen. Her Instagram shows off her funny personality and yummy desserts that are almost too pretty to eat. She also likes to take her followers behind the scenes of what’s going on at Old Mill Bread and the adventures she’s taking outside the kitchen. 

Follow her on Instagram.

Photo credit: Chef Amanda Ivy Facebook 


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Rachel Taylor is a staff writer at Southern Kitchen. She moved to Atlanta earlier this year after graduating college in Maryland, and has been a digital audience specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politically Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has lived in France and Italy, and loves to travel.

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