Blog: Wu Haus
Name: Alison Wu
Location: Portland, OR
Why Follow: A stylist and recipe developer, Wu zeroes in on health, wellness, and food, sharing her journey through pretty, wholesome dishes with a good-for-you slant.
What’s she’s shooting on? iPhone, iPhone, Fuji XT-10
Favorite Ingredients: Extra virgin olive oil, lemon, salt.
Blog: City Foodsters
Name: Jason Wang and Grace Chen
Location: San Francisco, CA
Why Follow: After a “life-changing” meal at Chicago’s Alinea in 2012, Wang and Chen launched their Instagram account as a way to record and remember their dining experiences. Now, the duo travels the world in search of culinary greatness, dining at the globe’s most celebrated eateries. Their feed serves as a comprehensive guide to who is serving what, when, and where: “We literally post every dish at every restaurant,” says Wang.
What are they shooting on? Canon 5D, Mark IV with the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens
Favorite Ingredients: Rice, egg, bamboo.
Blog: Let Me Eat Cake
Name: Nastassia Johnson
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Why Follow: Both on her blog and via Instagram, Johnson chronicles Los Angeles’ sweet scene (and beyond!), highlighting familiar and unsung treats from chocolate chip cookies to Fruity Pebbles très leches cake. “I've always had a sweet tooth,” says Johnson, who launched her blog eight years ago to share her love of desserts.
What’s she shooting on? Fuji X100F
Favorite Ingredients: Vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon.
Name: Lauren Ko
Location: Seattle, WA
Why Follow: Though she only baked her first pie a year and a half ago, Ko has quickly mastered the craft. And less than six months after launching her pie and tart-centered Instagram account, she rapidly amassed nearly 120k followers for her artful and ornately decorated desserts, often crowned with geometric toppings.
What’s she shooting on? iPhone
Favorite ingredients: Butter, butter, and butter. Also, miso caramel.
Name: Sander Siswojo
Location: Hong Kong
Why Follow: With a focus on close-up photography, Siswojo treks to many of Asia’s top dining establishments, posting detailed highlights of his most memorable meals. Rather than stringing out a whole dinner, or exhibit a single shot of one dish, Siswojo shares several images of a single course, getting up close and person with a piece of wagyu or fat-laced slice of chutoro, or tuna. According to Siswojo, “Close up photography creates a more intimate and personal space between the diner and the food.” We agree.
What’s he shooting on? Nikon D750. It works very well under low lights. The lens that I use is Carl Zeiss 50mm f2 Makro T Planar, and I call it Baby Carl.
Favorite Ingredients? Egg, lime, avocado.
Blog: Anders Husa
Name: Anders Husa
Location: Oslo, Norway
Why Follow: With a focus on Scandinavian cuisine, Husa’s restaurant and travel blog explores the region’s best restaurants by way of standalone features, in addition to guides and maps. “I tell stories from my life as a foodie, and bring my readers into the world that I explore,” says Husa. “I'm always on the lookout for passionate chefs and rumors about great-tasting food.”
What’s he shooting on? I use a Sony A7 II, mostly with a 55mm f1.8 lens. It's a great camera for both photo and video and even works well in poor light, which can be a challenge in many restaurants.
Favorite Ingredients: Tough question! Since I'm Nordic, though, I really love beets, Jerusalem artichoke, and celeriac. Slow-cooked, or even dehydrated, root-vegetables are king!
Name: Henry Hargreaves
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Why Follow: Over the last few years, cafes around the world have taken to elevating the humble disposable coffee cup by designing bespoke artwork around the vessel’s façade. And noting this trend, for the last three years, Hargreaves has built a steady following for his head-on images of these creative cups. “It’s a mix of my own pictures of cups, and ones that have been submitted to me by followers,” says Hargreaves. “I post something that I think is fun, and makes me want to drink from it!”
What’s he shooting on? Canon, Fuji, and phone in that order of preference.
Favorite Ingredients: Figs, capers, feijoa.
Name: Jan Valenta and Zuzi Valenta Dankova
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Why Follow: Jan Valenta and Zuzi Valenta Dankova run a food tour company in the Prague, and their Instagram serves as an excellent––and very beautifully-shot––source for the city’s top eats. “We only write about the things that are worth visiting,” Valenta says, adding, “we figured our assumed audience is mostly travelers from overseas … so we only write about the must-visits.”
What are they shooting on? iPhone, Sony RX1
Favorite Ingredients: Butter, lemon, mushrooms of all kind.
Name: Marta Mae Freedman
Location: New York, Los Angeles
Why Follow: An accidental win, Marta Mae Freedman launched her Instagram account as a way to meet new people, and she quickly found out that pizza was one of the most connecting foods. Her account not only depicts––as its name suggest––hot girls eating pizza, but it’s a great way to learn about new joints for all pizza enthusiasts.
What’s she shooting on? Polaroid
Favorite Ingredients: Buffalo mozzarella, caramelized onions, baby pepperoni cups.
Name: Margaret Lam
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Why Follow: Consistently traveling the world to eat at every important restaurant, Margaret Lam is especially known for her access to, and images from, pretty much all of Tokyo’s ‘introduction only’ restaurants––the city’s most coveted eateries in which one must have a recommendation or introduction to the chef for entrance, and even then reservations often need to be made years in advance. Follow her for the ultimate food porn of the world’s most luxurious ingredients. And kakigori: Japanese shaved ice.
What’s she shooting on? Fuji XT-10
Favorite Ingredients: Salt, butter, eggs.