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Meals from the Creative Mind of a Young Chef @sam_stern

For more photos and videos of Sam’s favorite dishes, follow @sam_stern on Instagram.

Sam Stern (@sam_stern) published his first cookbook when he was 14 years old, but the young British author has been cooking since before he can remember.

“I come from a large family with lots of taste preferences, so I was always in the kitchen helping out my mum,” he says. “I gradually moved from the little jobs to eventually taking over the kitchen.”

Now at 24 years old, Sam is practically a veteran chef, with six books under his belt and another one on the way next year. But he uses Instagram to share a different, more personal display of recipes: the meals he makes at home, for his family and friends.

“I like to imagine the possibilities of various taste combinations, trying out new ingredients and timings,” he says. “If it starts in my imagination then triumphs on the plate—that is the ultimate rush for me.”

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#WhoIFollow: Kitchen Witchcraft with Food Blogger @thekitchenwitch

In the #WhoIFollow series, we ask Instagrammers to share their favorite people to follow. For more photos and videos from Jess and her favorites, follow @thekitchenwitch, @yossyarefi, @thehousepie, @waywardspark and @thegreatkosmickitchen on Instagram.

Jess Schreibstein (@thekitchenwitch) credits childhood summer vacations chowing down on local butter-coated sweet corn on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, as a stepping stone in her path to food blogging. Inspired by her parents who were both talented in their kitchen at home, Jess began trying her hand in the kitchen when she left home. “The more I began to cook, the more I began to approach food as more than just putting a meal on the table,” she says. “It’s this amazing thing—so much of our health and energy comes from what we choose to eat.” Jess’s passion for food is evident in her Instagram photos, where she shares everyday moments made all the more special with freshly baked cookies or a trip to the farmers market. Putting the emphasis on simple, local and seasonal ingredients, she lets the food tell the story in her photos to demonstrate that home cooking is not only accessible but also fun.

An active member in the Washington D.C. food scene, Jess founded the DC Food Swap, a series of teaching events where individuals learn cooking techniques or trade homemade goods. As she explains, the DC Food Swap was created “to bring together our local food community and create opportunity for new cooks to practice and share their efforts in a supportive space.” Jess has been documenting her culinary exploits on her blog, Witchin’ in the Kitchen, for four years and uses Instagram as a quick, informal way to share her culinary witchcraft and find inspiration.

Looking to expand your kitchen knowledge? Jess shares some of her favorite Instagram accounts.

  • Brooklyn food stylist @yossyarefi - Yossy’s beautiful blog, recipes and photographs have been an inspiration for me for a long, long time.
  • Folklorist, writer and food blogger @thehousepie - Everything I know about pie history and folklore I can credit to my friend Emily.
  • Rural living in Western Oregon with @waywardspark - Camille is a force. I’ve learned so much about preserving and putting up food from her.
  • Food blogger @thegreatkosmickitchen - Finding Summer Ashley through Instagram was like finding a long-lost friend. Her photos are a great introduction on using food and herbs for healing.

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Daily Breakfast with @keiyamazaki

To see more of Kei’s breakfast photos, follow @keiyamazaki on Instagram.

For Tokyo Instagrammer Kei Yamazaki (@keiyamazaki), breakfast has been a passion and a daily ritual all her life. The meal is so essential to her life, when Kei first came onto Instagram nothing was more natural than to share her homemade breakfasts with the world. Now, after gathering a substantial following, Kei’s exquisite morning meals have inspired others to appreciate their love of food and breakfasts in particular.

Every morning, Kei spends anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour preparing whatever she feels like eating that day. Most days, she enjoys a one-plate, Western style breakfast consisting of pancakes, waffles or breads topped with fresh fruits or vegetables. This is accompanied by eggs, salad and a cup of handmade vegetable soup. “I try to keep a balance within the plate. For example: sweet and salty, heavy and light, as well as having a good mix of colors,” explains Kei. “But most importantly, I try not to go beyond the boundaries of ‘breakfast.’ I cook whatever I like, but I don’t want to get too fancy and overdo it.” Kei’s favorite breakfast meal is French toast, but she says many of her followers seem to like the freshly made pancakes, especially with strawberry toppings.

Kei started out her series of breakfast photos by capturing the plate from above using her iPhone, a signature style in which she still continues. Kei uses natural lighting and reveals that she enjoys using the Lo-Fi filter for a lot of her shots to maintain consistency throughout her account.

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The Scoop on Food Photography

Want to see more photos? Check out @sonyayu’s profile and pictures tagged #onthetable.

Are you a food photo fanatic? If so, you’ve got to check out @sonyayu. Sonya is a full time food photographer in San Francisco. She serves up bird’s eye photos of gorgeously cluttered restaurant tables around the country.

When we were in need of food photography tips, we went straight to Sonya. Listen in for some of Sonya’s insider tips above.

How to take a shot like @sonyayu:

  • Order colorful food and wait for the entire meal to be served before shooting.
  • Stand up on your (stable) chair to capture the grub from above.
  • Get the light right! Always sit by the window, avoid overhead spotlights, and never, ever use a flash - it’s food porn murder.
  • Not all foods are equally photogenic, but that’s not the only factor in a tantalizing food photo. The dining surface, drinks and silverware can add allure and a distinct atmosphere to even the plainest, ugliest foods.