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Top Austin Chefs to Follow on Instagram

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Dai Due’s bunny bread
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Instagram offers neat behind-the-scenes looks at the lives and food interests of Austin’s best chefs, from menu development to epic dinners to honest takes on the city’s culinary landscape. Here is Eater’s list of eight Austin-based chefs (and a bar manager) that everyone should follow, listed in no particular order.

Amanda Rockman, South Congress Hotel, @arockman

Executive pastry chef Amanda Rockman describes herself as “obsessed with everything pastry,” and her pictures live up to that. From bundt cakes dripping in chocolate to an infographic noting the difference between macarons and macaroons, she is all about pastries. Sprinkled in between her sweet treats are snapshots of her culinary adventures.

Birthday cake ice cream bar tomorrow @stephenffrostin

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Sterling Ridings, Guild, @sterlingridings

From pictures of his kids to his dinner plates, Sterling Ridings’ Instagram feed is bright and colorful. He often praises restaurants around town more often than his own. After leaving his position at Uchiko earlier this year, Ridings will soon start at Guild, a new seafood restaurant under The Chameleon Group, set to open later this year.

Mark Buley, Odd Duck, @buleymark

If you love bread, you will love Mark Buley’s Instagram. Buns, croissants, baguettes, pretzels — Buley has ’grammed ’em all. You can eat his bread at Odd Duck, where he is a chef and partner, and eventually the restaurant’s casual all-day restaurant and market Sour Duck.

Otto Phan, Kyōten Sushiko, @kyotensushiko

This sushi restaurant’s feed is minimalistic and clean, focused on the star of the show: fish. Learn chef Otto Phan’s sushi philosophy (“here, the taste of rice leads, and fish follows”), learn some tricks of the trade, and find out what his favorite restaurants are (he’s a big fan of neighboring spot L'Oca d'Oro).

Abby Love, Dai Due, @abbyjluv

Abby Love’s Instagram showcases her work and life. Follow her for a little bit of everything: inspirational messages, festive popsicles, travel memories, croissants, and more.

Croissant game pretty tight today, y'all. Get on down here. OH and mango curd stuffed donuts too! #doughpe

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Philip Speer, Bonhomie, @philipspeer

Philip Speer’s account is a mix of personal and professional, flaunting menu items alongside pictures of his family. And he should be proud of both: the restaurant has been well-received, and his wife, Callie Speer, is about to open her own diner, Holy Roller.

@bonhomie_austin octopus lyonaisse!

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Erin Ashford, Olamaie, @erincaity

Gorgeous drinks dominate Erin Ashford’s Instagram. Ashford manages Olamaie’s bar and when she’s not posting drinks decorated with flowers and fruit, she’s sharing delicious burgers, snacks, and treats from around Austin.

HBD to my fav @gelateriagemelli $5 negronis and free scoops of salted caramel all day.

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Todd & Jessica Dupelchan, Lenoir, @lenoiratx

Husband and wife duo, Todd Dupelchan and Jessica Maher, teamed up to open Lenoir and their shared Instagram reflects their family-oriented work. The feed mixes it up, showing snaps of behind-the-scenes work in the kitchen, their travels, their children, and their restaurant’s beautiful food.

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