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Fourteen of the best chefs in Louisiana to follow on Instagram

Eleven of the best chefs in Louisiana to follow 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 Louisiana 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.

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Chef Cory Bahr

Cory Bahr, Heritage Catering in Monroe, Louisiana

Chef Cory Bahr has many things going for him including winning Food Network’s Chopped and being recognized as Food & Wine’s “People’s Best New Chef.” Last year, Bahr opened Heritage Catering, where he caters to private events in and around Monroe. On his Instagram, Bahr posts pictures of the fresh ingredients he uses, like black truffles and racks of ribs. 

Follow him on Instagram.

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Chef Derek Robinson Jr.

Derek Robinson Jr., Private chef at Chef Gone Mad in Louisiana

Chef Derek Robinson Jr. grew up watching his professionally-trained mom cook, but it wasn’t until college that he knew he wanted to pursue a career as a chef. As the owner of Chef Gone Mad, Robinson is a private chef and creator of a line of specialty seasonings. To combat “the health disparities amongst the Greater New Orleans region,” Robinson created two salt-free seasoning blends that quickly grew in popularity. On his Instagram, Robinson shows off how he’s using his seasonings in his cooking, new products and Chef Gone Mad swag. 

Follow him on Instagram.

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Chef Jay Ducote

Jay Ducote, Gov’t Taco in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Chef Jay Ducote grew up watching his dad cook squirrels over wood stoves and cooking huge pots of gumbo in college. In 2015, he finished as runner-up on "Food Network Star." Ducote now cooks at pop-up dinners and private events. He's also dabbled in food writing, with his popular Bite and Booze blog and stories in The Huffington Post, Thrillist and Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine. On his Instagram, Ducote posts himself sautéing turkey meatballs, making mounds of coffee chile rub for a Christmas brisket and taking selfies at his favorite farms.

Follow him on Instagram.

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Chef Manny Augello

Manny Augello, Bread & Circus Provisions in Lafayette, Louisiana

It’s no surprise that the “ambassador of Neopolitan pizza” at Bread & Circus has pictures of dough sprinkled throughout his Instagram. Augello, who came to the United States from Italy in 1995, has cooked in kitchens throughout Louisiana, but now calls Bread & Circus home. This account is for definitely for pizza lovers and anyone who loves to see how a restaurant works behind the scenes. 

Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. 

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Chef Tory McPhail

Tory McPhail, Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Louisiana

This James-Beard-Award-winning chef made his way to The Big Easy in 2002. As executive chef at Commander’s Palace, McPhail has created strong relationships with local purveyors and created exciting dishes using the best ingredients. McPhail has made appearances on various TV shows, like Bravo’s “Top Chef” and Food Network’s “Bobby Flay’s Food Nation.” Some of his best Instagram posts include bright and colorful photos of trout ready to be served at one of his restaurants, turkey searing in brown butter, and videos of his fishing skills. 

Follow him on Instagram and Twitter

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Chef Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse, NOLA Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana

Emeril is a chef, restaurateur, TV personality and author, and he shows off his busy life on Instagram. There you’ll find photos of festive holiday desserts like a chocolate banana yule log, towering golden rings with foie gras mousse and clips of his guest appearances on shows like Top Chef Jr. 

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Chef Rebecca Wilcomb

Rebecca Wilcomb, Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana

Herbsaint’s Chef de Cuisine Rebecca Wilcomb was honored with the James Beard Award for Best Chef South 2017. Inspired by her Italian roots, Wilcomb has brought the rustic Italian home cooking of her grandmother to the restaurant, and her Instagram is definitely for pasta lovers. From mounds of fresh, Italian-made tortellinis, to tamales on the grill, Wilcomb’s Instagram will make you hungry. 

Follow her on Instagram.

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Chef Kelly Fields

Kelly Fields, Willa Jean in New Orleans, Louisiana

As the chef and partner of Willa Jean, chef Kelly Fields fills her days creating Southern-inspired dishes and desserts. Luckily for us, she shares her delicious creations on Instagram. One look at her Instagram and you’ll be craving giant cinnamon rolls, lemon meringue pie and biscuits. Don’t miss her posts from a recent trip to Iceland. 

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Chef Kristen Essig

Kristen Essig, Coquette in New Orleans, Louisiana

Chef Kristen Essig and her boyfriend chef Michael Stoltzfus are partners at Coquette in New Orleans and are planning on opening a second restaurant in the Lower Garden District. On her Instagram, Essig posts photos of life in New Orleans, her new puppy dog, and delicious food (like braised beef short ribs for brunch) she’s cooking at Coquette. 

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Chef Ryan Andre

Ryan Andre of City Pork Hospitality in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Chef Ryan Andre is putting an international flare on classic Southern dishes. The Louisiana native worked his way up through kitchens in Baton Rouge before taking over the executive chef position in the City Pork Hospitality group. Andre shares videos of bubbling polenta, pictures of bacon-wrapped asparagus and waterfront Louisiana sunrises. 

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Chef Nina Compton

Nina Compton, Compère Lapin in New Orleans, Louisiana

A native of St. Lucia, chef Nina Compton has cooked in Miami and New Orleans. After placing second on the New Orleans season of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” Compton opened up Compère Lapin in 2015. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “Compère Lapin artfully combines the many threads of Compton’s culinary biography, incorporating flavors from the Caribbean, Italy — she worked for celebrity Italian chef Scott Conant — and her new home of Louisiana.” On her Instagram, Compton posts pictures of caviar and white chocolate-filled canolis, along with photo sequences of ingredients from beginning to end, and her favorite meals on her adventures through the South and Caribbean. 

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Tunde Wey

Tunde Wey in New Orleans, Louisiana

Chef Tunde Wey is an immigrant from Nigeria who came to the United States 16 years ago. He is not afraid to talk about the challenges immigrants face in America. His pop-up dinner series, 1882, brings diners a delicious meal while they are asked to discuss unsettling questions like “Discuss how immigrants adversely impact you.” He runs a food stall in New Orleans and has co-authored a story with John T. Edge called “Who Owns Southern Food?” His Instagram is a mixture of authentic West African food, hard boiled eggs cracking out of their shells, chicken wings and notice of stories he’s written.

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Jordan Ruiz

Jordan Ruiz, The Munch Factory in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans native Jordan Ruiz studied in New York City before returning to his hometown to cook. Along with his wife, Alexis, he runs The Munch Factory where he creates modern creole food. A majority of his Instagram is beautifully plated dishes like Wagyu beef, herbed parsnip purée and fried kale or Short ribs and Purple sweet potato risotto. 

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Ericka Lassair

Ericka Lassair, Diva Dawg Truck in New Orleans, Louisiana

Chef Ericka Lassair reopened her popular food truck business, Diva Dawg in 2014. Today the concept has expanded into a food stall as well. Lassair has big dreams for the Creole-inspired hot dog restaurant and is confident she can turn it into a national brand one day. On her Instagram, Lassair post pictures of family, friends, food and where you can find the Diva Dawg food truck. 

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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.