Having easy access to new and interesting food-related content is a click away. Gone are the days where we scroll through recipes in old dusty cookbooks. The internet has disrupted the food industry and changed the way we consume and experience food. Digital food influencers are on the forefront of the industry, creating a real and personal experience for their followers.
For the third #10under10 feature, we focus on food influencers who deserve the spotlight right now.
The Gal Who Ate Durban (IG: @thegalwhoatedurban)
Run by Onezwa, The Gal Who Ate Durban opens her kitchen to the world through Instagram and YouTube. Her recipes are inspired by Onezwa’s food journey through the city, focusing on simple dishes that are easy to recreate at home. She teaches her followers how to make hand-rolled noodles to mouthwatering pork dumplings which make eating at home special.
Georgia East (IG: @eastafternoon)
Georgia East is a writer, food stylist, photographer, and author of West Coast Wander. Her cookbook focuses on the food and people of the Cape West Coast. While we cannot get enough of her Instagram feed, the recipes featured documents her travels throughout the West Coast, from Yzerfontein to Doringbaai.
Freckles & French Toast (IG: @freckledtoast)
Muneera is a Cape Town based food influencer with a strong focus on scrumptious homemade baked goods. If you are looking for recipe inspiration or any information related to an airfryer (Twitter dubbed her as the airfryer ambassador in South Africa), Muneera is the account to follow. Her aesthetically pleasing Instagram account is filled with recipes that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Freckles & French Toast also offers home-baked goods to order through her online business.
Kgomi Carvalho (IG: @kgomiskitchen)
Sharing delightful plates on her feed, Kgomi’s Kitchen is an excellent account to follow if you’re looking to improve your cooking and baking skills. Be it comforting butter chicken curry or delicious breakfast waffles, her recipes are well-worth replicating. If you need a little inspiration for everyday meals, she has plenty of ideas to spice things up in the kitchen.
Xitshembiso Shibambu (IG: @chefshivambu)
A professional chef trained in classical culinary arts, Xitshemiso is all about combining fine dining and comfort food. The golden boy of the culinary world built a notable social media presence around his business Infused Table, which offers personalized dishes prepared by a chef at your desired location. We simply cannot get enough of his Instagram feed which is filled with drool-worthy images.
Riyana Vigeland (IG: @riy_captured_eats)
The objective of a food photographer is to capture the essence of the dish, allure the appetite of their followers, capture the mood, and tell a story. Riyana does just that! Not only is she skillful with her camera, but Riyana develops the most delectable recipes from the comfort of her kitchen. Through her lens, be captivated by each image and video.
Megan Kate Swan (IG: @megankateswan)
International chef, food entrepreneur, and host of The Chef Who Podcast, Megan does it all! Her Instagram feed is visually captivating and a dedicated platform to spotlight her work, featuring some of the top restaurants in Cape Town. She is the host and driving force behind The Chef Who Podcast – a conversation exploring the culinary masterminds in South Africa. This podcast reveals the truth behind the pressure, risk of burnout, and why people flock to devour the chef’s creations.
Tobi Smith (IG: @thetobismith)
After moving to the USA to obtain a master’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Tobi started a blog dedicated to Nigerian food. All I Do Is Cook slowly became popular and the requests shifted from sharing recipes to “how can we get these dishes”. In January 2019 Tobi launched TwoThirtyFour Kitchen offering authentic Nigerian food.
All the Rest TLV (IG: @alltheresttlv)
All the Rest TLV explores the enviable food culture in Israel while highlighting different delicacies and restaurants. This popular Instagram account is perfect for locals wanting to try new dishes or a guide for international visitors searching for the best dishes Tel Aviv has to offer.
Istanbul Food Tours (IG: @istanbulonfood)
Famously known for meat-skewers, Turkish cuisine is more than just koftas and kebabs. Istanbul Food Tours account is not only occupied by a diverse range of authentic Turkish cuisine, but it features top tourist spots as well. They have a dedicated blog with recipes that will please your taste buds. A mouth-watering journey awaits.
Over to you. Tag your favourite food influencer in the comment section below.