f you’re missing the fun, indulgent and downright delicious food of your favourite restaurants, bakeries and street food markets, it’s time to stop waiting for restrictions to ease and head to TikTok – the destination for short-form mobile video – for inspiration.
From chefs practicing their craft from the comfort of their own home to self-taught foodies cooking up a storm in the kitchen, you don’t want to miss out on #FoodTok.
There you’ll find mouthwatering recipes and food videos aplenty – running the gamut from that viral #fetapasta recipe (761 million video views), creative takes on the #tortillatrend (4.2 billion video views) and everything in between. To say that TikTok has been the starting point of 2021’s biggest food trends is no understatement.
Hungry? These nine TikTokers will dish up some much-needed excitement to your mealtimes…
Poppy O’Toole is a Michelin-trained chef who has been using her time during lockdown to share her culinary expertise with the world. She’s particularly passionate about potatoes and their many iterations, and is taking on her own spud-based challenge – ‘Around the World in 80 Potatoes’ – creating potato-dishes inspired by countries around the globe.
For healthy, delicious and flavoursome vegan food, look no further than Darlene Octavia, who provides easy-to-follow recipes, tips for new vegans and plant-based alternatives to your favourite meals. Her mac and ‘cheese’ looks phenomenal.
Sam Way’s TikToks are not only super-satisfying to watch, but they’ll also have you ready to up your dinner game in no time. See him make classic dishes that look almost too good to eat.
Three friends based in London are at the helm of @caughtsnackin – an account bringing creativity and unadulterated indulgence to the kitchen. From sweet treats such as Creme Egg-stuffed cookies, to cheesy potato doughnuts, just five minutes scrolling their colourful feed will have your stomach rumbling.
As well as creating the sort of burgers you’d expect to be served in a a restaurant, London-based Bartek’s playful culinary creations often transform humble dishes into show-stoppers. His ‘Boujee struggle’ series, for example, will have you thinking differently about instant ramen noodles.
New York-based Zaynab Issa shares the kind of wholesome dishes you’d be proud to serve to family and friends when the time comes. Her takes on popular dishes are simple, but effective: think restaurant-style butter chicken, homemade bao buns and cinnamon swirl coffee cake.
Though he’s just 19 years old, one look at George Lee’s TikTok page will have you thinking he’s spent a good few decades developing his culinary skills. The Taiwanese chef creates vegan, Asian cuisine that would have even the biggest meat-lovers salivating.
If baking is more your thing, check out @tazxbakes. One look at her cinnamon sugar soft pretzel bites or peanut butter fudgey brownies will have you getting your apron out and channelling your inner Mary Berry.
For proof that healthy food can look and taste as good as its more indulgent counterparts, check out Ayeh’s TikTok, where you’ll find a whole rainbow of dishes – from smoothie bowls to Persian Tahdig.
Download TikTok now and search #FoodTok to discover more inspiring culinary creatives