10 Food Stylists That Will Inspire You to Up Your Instagram Game

In honor of the Food Issue, we decided to take a look at some of the best food stylists on Instagram and their aesthetically pleasing creations. These pros have authored cookbooks and worked with big lifestyle glossies (Food & Wine, Southern Living) and major brands (Whole Foods, Kellogg’s, Williams-Sonoma).

“Photography is hugely important in the recipe game,” The New York Times food editor Sam Sifton told Adweek. With the rise of social sites like Pinterest and Instagram, #foodporn is becoming a science. Literally: The department of experimental psychology at Oxford recently published a study on the optimal way to plate food, and how it can boost sales.

Food styling truly has become an integral part of any food-related operation. You can buy any number of books to learn the ins and outs. You can even hone your skills in a food styling course (the International Culinary Center in New York offers one). 

These 10 drool-worthy Instagram accounts show just how beautiful food can look when styled accordingly. Just be sure to grab a bite to eat before diving into their feeds. Food envy and extreme hunger are to be expected.