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Nine Alabama chefs 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 Alabama 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.

Lucy Buffett
The little sister of Jimmy Buffett knows a thing or two about Gulf Coast cooking. Lucy was born in Mobile, Alabama and while she has traveled and worked around the world, she eventually made it back to Alabama. Her Instagram is colorful and eclectic. When she’s not showing what’s on her plate, she is traveling, running three restaurants in three different Southern states and promoting her latest cookbook— Gumbo Love. 

Follow her on Instagram.

Chris Lilly
If you love barbecue you need to follow Chris Lilly. Lilly is the pitmaster at Big Bob Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama and loves sharing pictures of what’s on his grill. You can find anything from pork butt to chargrilled oysters on his Instagram. Lilly also travels frequently and posts shots of his adventures from around the world.

Follow him on Instagram.

Terrill Brazelton
Brazelton may be the executive chef of Slice Pizza & Brewhouse in Birmingham, but there is more than just pizza filling up his Instagram account. He loves to share what’s on his plate and what restaurant he is eating at. Brazelton also posts about the different ingredients (basil, mushrooms for example) he’s using at Slice and what farms they come from. 

Follow him on Instagram.

Angela Schmidt
With over 20 years in the restaurant industry, Schmidt knows her way around the kitchen. Her Instagram account is a blend of her professional life, the cocktails she’s sipping on and the food she’s eating and gorgeous photos of destinations near and far.

Follow her on Instagram.

Becky Satterfield 
The owner and pastry chef at Satterfield’s in Birmingham, Alabama mixes artistic dishes with a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on in the kitchen. If you’re dreaming of biscuits and Coca-Cola braised short ribs, then this is the Instagram for you. Satterfield also loves posting simple and colorful pictures of produce from her garden and local farms. 

Follow her on Instagram.

Bryan Cates
One glance at Cate’s Instagram and you might be overwhelmed with how many white plates pop up. A closer look shows the intricate and beautifully plated dishes he’s created for Kitchen on George in Mobile. 

Follow him on Instagram.

Rob McDaniel
Along with his adorable kids, McDaniel’s Instagram also shows off what he’s creating in the kitchen at SpringHouse in Alexander City, Alabama. The dishes he creates at SpringHouse are an elevated take on simple recipes.  

Follow him on Instagram.

Sean Kane
Kane is a chef at Galley and Garden in Birmingham, Alabama. The restaurant is focused on modern American-French cuisine and Kane’s Instagram shows off the beautiful dishes, like Seared Ahi Tuna with pomegranate, he’s creating there. 

Follow him on Instagram. 

Stacy Lyn Harris 
This home chef and mom of seven uses Instagram to share recipes, cooking techniques and gorgeous photos of what she’s cooking. From seasonal favorites, like pecan pie, to cookbook recommendations, Harris’ Instagram is dynamic and country beautiful. 

Follow her on Instagram.


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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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