Six chefs you need to follow on Instagram

Looking for a chef to collaborate with? Thought leaders in their industry, chefs have an online and offline voice that aspiring cooks and regular folk like us bow down to. Combine a base of loyal followers with their bold personalities, and these chefs have a lot more to offer than a good dish; they have a voice that reaches a targeted audience. A voice that tells people what to cook, where to eat and more importantly, what to buy.


As the Executive Chef of Toronto’s hottest restaurant, Lavelle, it’s no surprise that Romaine’s following keeps on growing. His Instagram gives a glimpse into the high-profile guests he cooks for, his media features and his mouth-watering dishes. In six months his following has grown by over 10,000 users, projecting him to be one of Toronto’s top influential chefs by next year.

Thank you @foodismto for shining a light on pastry’s place in Toronto, a dedicated pastry department is important to us @chezlavelle! #lavelle #toronto #pastry

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Restaurateur and Toronto food icon, Susur Lee has amassed a following of over 38K. With three incredible restaurants under his belt, one in collaboration with Drake, he is viewed by Torontonians as a legend. His presence offers huge potential for brand collaborations and endorsements as he continually inspires chefs, home cooks and Torontonians who adore his work.

In honour of #MonthOfSlaw and #Canada150, I invited my furry friends Bebe and Mo from @tvokids to join me in the kitchen and learn about all the different foods that grow in Canada! They learned, I laughed, and we shared some Singapore Slaw. The link to the episode in my story! #SlawIsLife #TVOKids #CanadaCrew A post shared by Susur Lee (@susurlee) on



Food Network appearances, a radio show and a series of incredibly successful delis, the Sandwich King (a.k.a Zane Caplansky) has taken the Canadian food world by storm. An icon to aspiring foodpreneurs, chefs and Toronto residents, Zane has an influence that extends beyond Canada, often reaching die-hard fans in the states.

I’m calling you out #CrazyRon

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If you haven’t seen Rodney’s photos floating around on Instagram, you’ve likely seen him as the food expert on Marilyn Denis. He is a veteran restaurant owner, who you might recognize from his appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where his previous restaurant Hey Meatball was the star of the show. As he launches a new restaurant, Bunnys in Leslieville, fans have been checking daily for his updates, and so should you!

Once in a while I get down with a good bowl. #bowllife #bowl #bowls #bowlsbybowers #rainyday #breakfast #brunch #lunch #healthyfood #healthyeating #mindfuleating #balance #greens #sockeye #salmon #salad #salmoneverything A post shared by rodneybowers (@rodneybowers) on



Torontonian’s flock to his restaurants, and Instagrammers drool over his photos. Cory is the face behind Flock, a number of rotisseries found around Toronto. His Instagram gives insights into his community work, appearances and of course, his creations. Flock’s countless locations, and Cory’s online personality make him one of the best micro-influencers to partner with for guest appearances, hosting events or even restaurant collaborations.

Personal @eatflock afternoon deliveries?? Yep, gotcha covered. #anythingforneighbours #whothehelltookthepicture #notstaged #harbord #toronto #rotisserie #greens #flockers

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Matty’s vibrant past might not be the most glamorous, but this Canadian bad boy has become a celebrity who is on a path to greatness. His show Dead Set on Life, which airs on Vice, has propelled this rock star chef to a stardom that brands dream of. Matty’s big and bold personality has fans glued to his every move. With over 242K followers on Instagram, his out-right personality and raw images offer an authentic account that fans know is the real deal.


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