As far as the world of food and cooking goes, the next big thing has little to do with a sous vide and can’t be found in a cookbook; in fact it’s already well underway. We’re talking about the pairing of food and TikTok: FoodTok for short.
It’s the platform at the heart of the most recent viral recipes like Emily Mariko’s easy salmon rice and a certain baked feta pasta monstrosity. For better or for worse, it’s governing our meals and our palates one pasta chip at a time.
We’ll be the first to admit that declaring a love of food is the equivalent to saying you love breathing: Duh. As far as we see it, the real divider, at least on TikTok, is that there are those of us who like to prepare food and then there are those of us who prefer to watch it being prepared. Personally, I’m in the latter camp.
So next time you’re raking your brain for an easy lunch recipe or for a side dish to serve at your next dinner party, take this list and go for a scroll. These are the 15 TikTok food accounts we turn to at mealtime or whenever we’re on our revenge bedtime procrastination bit. Enjoy!
1. Thomas Straker
@thomas_straker Wild garlic butter – All things butter #FYP #ForYourPage #FoodTok #Butter #ButterTok #TikTokKitchen ♬ original sound – Thomas Straker
I’ve got three words for you: All Things Butter. You know the guy and heavens to betsy you’ll recognize that glossy quenelle. While many of us haven’t actually gone out of our way to recreate one of his butter mashups from him, this is one of those rare moments when the joy is truly in watching the process.
@owen.han Butter chicken 🌯 #butterchicken #burrito ♬ original sound – OWEN HAN
Owen Han’s TikTok is a reminder of simpler times on the internet, when our favorite cooking channel was How To Basic on YouTube. I say this because the short clips of him slicing, cleaving and pressing down on his crusty sandwiches arrive with violent soundbites. It’s aggressive ASMR and I’m here for it.
3. Lucky Dragon Supper Club
@luckydragonsupperclub Stirfry Bok Choy Rice (Cai Fan) 🥬 #homecooking #asianfood 4u2nv full recipe is on @Colournary Magazine ♬ Lamp – Lukrembo
Some local girlies cooking up Asian food across a variety of cuisines for your viewing pleasure. Plus, if you get to the point where your cravings take over, Lucky Dragon Supper Club is opening in real life soon. Bai.
4. Emily Mariko
@emilymariko♬ original sound – Emily Mariko
A 3o-year-old California girl that needs no introduction. She was the reason half the digitally active world were mashing up day-old salmon into an orange sludge with rice, kewpie and sriracha. Wherever you stand on the trend, or on eating farmed salmon for that matter, there’s something satisfying about watching Mariko prepare proper portions of food from her tidy kitchen. We live for her from her farmer’s market hauls from her (and her tips from her for storing veggies).
5. Kitchen With Ruben
@cucinaconruben Pasta Cacio&Pepe #foodporn #personalchef #chefruben #perte #foryou #learnontiktok #imparacontiktok #cacioepepe #cacioepepepasta ♬ Say So (Instrumental Version) [Originally Performed by Doja Cat] -Elliot VanCoup
Look, I don’t speak Italian (at least that’s what the northerners say) but from what I can gather, Chef Ruben is asks those walking beneath his balcony what he should cook and whips it up. It’s a simple premise but hey, it’s entertaining. That and the recipes are easy enough to conjure up at home.
6. Matty Matheson
@mattymathesonCOUPLA FOOD GROUPS♬ original sound – MATTY MATHESON
Admittedly, Matty doesn’t do much cooking these days, at least on TikTok. But we’re still following him in the hope that he might just turn out some heart-stopping burgers someday soon. In the meantime, follow the Canadian chef for clips of him twerking with Addison Rae of all people.
7. Nanny Joe
@nanajoe19♬ original sound – Alejandra❤️
When you’re chowing down on a measly salad Nana Joe will always deliver a punch of food envy. There’s cheese, and lots of it, there’s spice and she’s almost always dishing up Mexican fare. Lord take me and transform me into Nana Joe’s husband, he’s got it good.
8. The Salad Lab
@thesaladlab Viral Green Goddess #salad #saladsoftiktok #thesaladlab #drycreekvineyards #sauvignonblanc #viralsalad #yum #greengoddess @bakedbymelissa ♬ Taste It – Ikson
For those who love a salad, not in a 90s-crash-diet-no-carbs kind of way but in a crisp-vegetables-flavour-easy-lunch kind of way. Sure, salads have been given a bad wrap due to its former marketing, but personally I am a big fan and so is TikTok’s famous Salad Lab lady. There’s a recipe for every kind, including those favored by Hollywood A-listers. From the salad that Jennifer Aniston ate on the set of friends to the cob-style favored by Elle Fanning, she’s here to make them all, one TikTok at a time. Enjoy.
9. Hwoo Lee
@hwoo.lee #ad Nothing like killing time while my groceries get delivered via @instacart ♬ original sound – h woo
We’ve all got a crush on Hwoo Lee. Yes, he’s an actual trained cook but he also has a four step beauty routine and editing skills to envy. Then there’s the fact that we love a loof boy. Lee covers lots of ground, specializing in Korean fare and even trying his hand at some cocktails in the meantime.
@lahbco cookies for your Adele listening party 😮💨🥲 #cookies #pumpkin #chocolatechipcookies #miso #foodtiktok ♬ Fall Sounds – Lofee
This one’s for all the plant-based girlies who can feel a little lonely up in the chaotic foodverse of TikTok. Nasim is the certified sweetheart bringing you all the classics with a twist. Oh, and he’s an astrology fan too, so do n’t go past his star sign series. You’ll feel seen.
11. The Golden Balance
@thegoldenbalance Eid Special: Chicken Shawarma With Homemade Toum 😈 #thegoldenbalance #easyrecipes ♬ Hip Hop with impressive piano sound(793766) – Dusty Sky
Let Syrian creator Ahmad Alzahabi lull you to sleep or into a feeding frenzy with his take on American and Arab favourites; from towering burgers to toum-filled shawarma. Where some chefs skip out important details, Alzahabi gently guides you through his own recipes, giving explanations as to why he does things a certain way.
12. Mor Ibayan
@moribyan Steak sandwich time! #asmr style video IB: @Hank ♬ Sunday Kind of Love – Etta James
Hajar Labah would win the most immaculate kitchen award if such a thing existed. Like her creatively arranged shots of her, her benches and equipment of her are spotless which soothes the pedantic side of me. Plus, her recipes from Ella are loaded with ingredients and are always well seasoned. What’s not to like?
13. Sophia Roe
@sophia_roe if you’re not eating your pasta green, what are you even doing? #pasta #fyp #cozy #nyc ♬ Dignita – Stelvio Cipriani
You know how we feel about Sophia Roe, let alone her cooking videos. All those angles, the swathes of natural light, somehow she manages to make each tutorial into a cinematic masterpiece. Fusing art with matters of the stomach is soul food indeed.
14. Tiffy Cooks
@tiffycooks If you needed more reasons to eat dumplings, this is it! #dumplings #asmr #storytime #lunarnewyear ♬ original sound – TIFFY COOKS 🥟
This Vancouver native is bringing a slew of kitchen hacks to your hungry eyes. There’s videos for five-minute meals and one pot wonders. Oh, and we love that every recipe comes with storytime. It makes us feel less alone…
15. Rooted in Spice
@rootedinspice #eggplant #bainganbharta ♬ fukashigi no carte lofi (bunny girl senpai) – tills chills
Since you didn’t ask, I’ll tell you. My favorite food blogger on TikTok at the moment is Chaheti Bansal. Aside from giving us a way to use our watermelon rinds and granting eggplant the spotlight it deserves, Bansal shares South Asian recipes, cultural anecdotes and the reason why we should stop using the word ‘curry’.
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