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18 Texan chefs 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 Texas 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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Hugo Ortega

Hugo Ortega, H Town Restaurant Group in Houston, Texas

Chef Hugo Ortega is the James Beard Award-winning chef behind four of Houston’s top restaurants. After coming to America from Mexico City, Ortega worked his way up through kitchens, eventually becoming an executive chef. His cooking is inspired by his upbringing in Mexico and the traditions surrounding Mexican cooking and culture. On his Instagram feed, Ortega shares the authentic Mexican ingredients in his kitchen, dinner spreads that he has cooked or is enjoying on a night out, and his family that inspires him to keep cooking.

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Tyson Cole

Tyson Cole, Uchi in Austin and Houston, Texas

In 2003, Chef Tyson Cole opened Uchi after working and learning under two different sushi masters. Focusing on Japanese cuisine and of course, sushi, Cole was recognized as one of Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs in 2005. In 2010, he opened Uchiko, a restaurant that focuses a similar aesthetic but with a more refined menu. On his Instagram feed, Cole shares pictures of bright pink yellowtail sashimi, uni pasta, and fresh fish before they’re turned into sushi. Cole also shares meals, desserts and pastries he’s eating in Texas and New York. 

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Anita Jaisinghani

Anita Jaisinghani, Pondicheri in Houston, Texas

Last year, Chef Anita Jaisinghani opened a second location of her Indian eatery, Pondicheri in New York City. And while she has been successful in bring in spice to the Big Apple, she is also focused on keeping the menu alive and interesting at the Houston location. Her cooking brings together classic Southern and Indian dishes together in dishes like Po’ndi Boy (an oyster po’boy made with saffron yogurt and apple pickles). "I'm understanding the South a little bit more and themes that work with Indian food," Jaisinghani told the Houston Chronicle. "I'm more free to think about where the two cultures intersect. I want to be able to meet it halfway with Indian flavors." On her Instagram feed, she shares everything that goes into creating the food at Pondicheri. From videos of how to make a samosa to vibrant bowls of pickled onions, this Instagram account will make you want to take a trip to Houston.

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Stephan Pyles

Stephan Pyles, Sustenio in San Antonio, Texas

As a fifth generation Texan, Chef Stephan Pyles knows a thing or two of Southwestern cuisine. His career spans more than three decades and 22 restaurants. Pyles is dedicated to fighting hunger and was a founding member of Share Our Strength, an international hunger relief organization. On his Instagram feed, Pyles shares delicious food finds, like empanadas in Buenos Aires or a donut platter from Fearing’s in Dallas. Along with food, Pyles shares travel pictures, his cooking partners and all kinds of unqiue culinary locations.

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Omar Flores

Omar Flores, Whistle Britches in Dallas, Texas

Cooking is in Chef Omar Flores’ blood. As a child, he worked with his father in their family-owned restaurants before pursuing a career in the culinary world. Flores has cooked in kitchens across Texas, but his latest adventure is at Whistle Britches in Dallas. Flores, who has been nominated for three different James Beard Awards, opened the chicken, biscuit and beer concept in 2016. On his Instagram feed, Flores shows his personal side by sharing photos of his family, along with what he’s cooking and drinking. 

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Angela Hernandez

Angela Hernandez, Fine China at The Statler in Dallas, Texas

Chef Angela Hernandez left Dallas’ Top Knot last fall to take the executive chef position at Fine China, a new restaurant located in The Statler Hotel. The menu will focus on Pan-Asian inspired cuisine, which is a perfect fit for Hernandez, who worked at Uchiko in Austin and has a passion for seafood, sushi and Asian cuisine. On her Instagram feed, Hernandez shares videos of how to make shrimp dumplings, the bowls of ramen she's eating, and fun snaps in and out of the kitchen. 

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Tre Wilcox

Tre Wilcox, TRE Wilcox Cooking Concepts in Plano, Texas

From Southern Kitchen’s Associate Editor Kate Williams: “Tre Wilcox has been working in the food industry since he was 17; he worked his way up from fast food restaurants to five-star restaurants, to even an appearance on Season 3 of Top Chef. He has been nominated for two James Beard Awards and teamed up with Dallas chef Kent Rathbun to beat Bobby Flay in Iron Chef America. Today, Wilcox runs a cooking school and event space called Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts, where he teaches public classes and team building seminars.” 

On his Instagram feed, Wilcox shares photos of the fun events he’s running, food he's eating, and the occasional celebrity pic. (Hi Hoda!)

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Steve McHugh

Steve McHugh, Cured at Pearl in San Antonio, Texas

Chef Steve McHugh made his way from Wisconsin to pursue his dreams of becoming a chef in New Orleans. After working in New Orleans for a decade, McHugh made his way to Texas. His latest project, Cured at Pearl, offers small and large plates made from regional organic ingredients. On his Instagram feed, McHugh shares photos of ingredients, such as different types of grains and corn, and where he’s buying them. McHugh also shares behind the scenes shots of the cooking process in the kitchen, at video shoots and at culinary events. 

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Blythe Beck

Blythe Beck, Pink Magnolia in Dallas, Texas

Chef Blythe Beck is known for her fiery personality. She has cooked her way through both private and corporate kitchens; hosted her own cooking show, Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe Beck; and more recently, opened Pink Magnolia in Dallas. The new restaurant features a menu of Southern home cooking that is elegant but served in a casual setting. On her Instagram feed, Beck shares her personality through her photos. Her smile accompanies her fun posts, whether it’s getting her hair done or feeding a giraffe. Beck also shares pictures of what she’s cooking and drinking.  

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Teiichi Sakurai

Teiichi Sakurai, Tei-An and Ten Ramen in Dallas, Texas

Chef Teiichi Sakurai is a master of Japanese cuisine. He is known as a noodle king, and at his restaurant, Tei-An, you can find ramen and soba prepared in many different ways. Last year, he opened up Ten Ramen to offer diners even more chances to try his housemade ramen. On his Instagram feed, he shares the intricate process it takes to create his famous noodles, dishes on the menu at Tei-An and the occasional snap of Japanese whisky. 

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Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan

Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan of The Pass & Provisions in Houston, Texas

The Pass & Provisions is a dual restaurant concept from chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan. The Pass, which refers to the space “where cooks, chefs and front of the house staff converge to plate, garnish and expedite a menu,” allows diners to dine while connecting with the inspiration behind each dish in an upscale atmosphere. The Provisions is more of casual, yet intimate, neighborhood restaurant.

For Siegel-Gardner, cooking started as a job and turned into a lifestyle. As a Houston native, Seigel-Garder is proud to be running a business in his hometown with an old friend. Gallivan’s story is similar to Seigel-Gardner’s. He began cooking to pay the bills and decided to make a career of it. At The Pass & Provisions, the two chefs balance two different concepts in one place.

On Seigel-Gardner’s Instagram feed, he shares what he’s snacking on in the kitchen, what he’s drinking, photos of his friends and family, and everything delicious that he’s serving in the restaurant. On the Pass & Provisions Instagram account, the duo shares what’s being served at brunch, prep work that goes into creating a new dish or menu, and other delicious dishes on the menu. 

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Rebecca Masson

Rebecca Masson, Fluff Bake Bar in Houston, Texas

Rebecca Masson’s Instagram handle is Sugarfairy, which perfectly describes the owner of Fluff Bake Bar. Masson studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, specializing in pastries. She continued to master the craft by working in kitchens in New York City and Houston. At Fluff Bake Bar, Masson creates signature desserts, including cookies, tarts, pies and even wedding cakes. On her Instagram feed, she shares sugary sweet pictures of what she’s baking, along with a behind-the-scenes look into what happens in her kitchen. 

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John Tesar

John Tesar, Knife in Dallas, Texas

As a four-time James Beard Award semifinalist and Top Chef contestant, chef John Tesar is well known throughout the South. At his Dallas restaurant, Knife, Tesar creates modern American dishes prepared using European techniques. The steakhouse features a menu that includes Texas beef, pork and lamb. On his Instagram feed, Tesar shares fun photos while he’s vacationing, giant truffles, and of course, different cuts of meat. 

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Graham Dodds

Graham Dodds, The Statler Hotel in Dallas, Texas

Chef Graham Dodds is known for being a pioneer of farm-to-table cuisine in Dallas. Dallas News notes that "his cooking is forthright and unfussy… [and] he’s a master of technique, turning out killer charcuterie one minute, and an open wild mushroom raviolo fashioned from gorgeous pasta — with whole herb leaves pressed into the sheets — the next.” Dodds is bringing his skills to The Statler hotel, where he was recently named culinary director. On his Instagramfeed, Dodds shares pictures of a tray full of freshly-baked Parker House rolls, fun with family and friends, and a sneak peek at what’s going on at The Statler.  

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 Danyele McPherson

Danyele McPherson, HG SPLY CO. in Dallas, Texas

Chef Danyele McPherson is known for using big flavors to reinvent popular dishes. As the culinary director at HG SPLY CO., she has created a menu that features dishes, like curried sweet potato soup, pulled pork tacos and bowls, all made from local ingredients. On her Instagram feed, McPherson shows life outside of the kitchen by sharing photos of family, friends and her dog.

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Justin Yu

Justin Yu, Theodore Rex in Houston, Texas

Last year was a busy year for chef Justin Yu. He was awarded the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest, he closed one restaurant, Oxtail, and he opened a new one — Theodore Rex. The new restaurant has a bistro feel with a menu that’s created using local ingredients, which means menu items can change often. On Yu’s Instagram feed, he shares the ingredients he finds and uses at Theodore Rex, surprise menu items he’s created, and a behind-the-scenes peek at restaurants in which he's cooking and dining. 

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Tiffany Derry

Tiffany Derry, Roots Chicken Shake in Plano, Texas

From Southern Kitchen’s Associate Editor Kate Williams: “Chef Tiffany Derry worked in restaurants throughout the Houston and Dallas areas before landing a spot on Bravo's Top Chef. She appeared on two seasons of the show, garnering the fan favorite award in Season 7, and placing fourth in Top Chef All-Stars. Her first restaurant, Private|Social, was a critical darling for its two years of operation. Derry recently opened a new restaurant, Roots Chicken Shack, in Plano and just finished judging the first season of Top Chef, Jr.” On her Instagram feed, Derry shares behind-the-scenes shots of Top Chef Jr., her T.V. cooking appearances, and photos of friends and family. 

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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.