The Spruce Eats is committed to all things food and beverage. Not only does this mean bringing the tastiest recipes to your kitchen, but also the talent that comprises the food and beverage industry. If you already follow us over on our Instagram account, @TheSpruceEats then you're familiar with our Instagram Lives and take-overs by both up-and-coming and house-name chefs; mixologists and bartenders; and others who share our passion for the culinary world.
This is a spotlight of our most recent Instagram guests. We invite you to dig in, learn a bit more about them, their work, and their passion projects.
Chef Emma Bengtsson / Aquavit
Chef Emma recently took over our Instagram stories to show viewers how to build a perfect pizza at home from pantry staples.
Emma has been the Executive Chef of the fine dining restaurant Aquavit since 2014. Not long after taking over the helm, the restaurant was awarded two Michelin Stars. She is also a James Beard nominee for "Best Chef, New York City."
She hails from the town of Falkenberg on Sweden’s west coast. Growing up she as an avid gymnast and horseback rider, who found her way to the culinary world as a way to kill some time before hoping to join the Swedish military at the age of eighteen. However, during her third year of culinary training, she got an internship at Edsbacka, a restaurant outside of Stockholm. It was then her love of restaurant kitchens was cemented and she gave up her "ridiculous plan to join the Army."
Follow her culinary journey over on her Instagram @emma._bengtsson
Chef Lucas Sin / Junzi Kitchen
Chef Lucas whipped up a Hong Kong comfort classic: ketchup pasta, for his Spruce Eats Instagram takeover.
Lucas Sin opened his first restaurant at the age of 16 in an abandoned newspaper factory in his hometown of Hong Kong. He took a detour to Yale undergraduate school to study Cognitive Science and English, but his love of the culinary world never waivered, as he ran a pop-up style restaurant out of his dorm room called Y Pop-up.
Lucas then backpacked and ate his way through Japan and then settled in Kyoto, to work as the chef in the fine dining restaurant Kikunoi Honten. He’s also spent time at Modernist Cuisine in Seattle and Michelin-starred kitchens in Hong Kong and New York. However, he is no stranger to cooking comfort, which he does in the form of fried chicken, instant noodles, juice box cocktails, and the like. He is currently the Executive Chef at Junzi Kitchen with locations throughout New York City.
Lucas has been named as part of Eater's Young Guns Class of 2019 and a member of Forbes 30 under 30.
Follow his culinary journey over on his Instagram @lucas.sin
Chef Jordan Adino / FlipSigi
Chef Jordan's Instagram take over showed us how to whip up a killer hanger steak and shrimp fried rice.
Chef Jordan Adino was born in Toronto, Canada and found his way into the kitchen at the young age of 9. He later worked in fine dining kitchens with his father, and attended Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, and later worked in fine dining restaurants The French Laundry and Jean Georges. Jordan runs two outposts of a fast-casual Filipino Taqueria in New York City, FlipSigi.
He has been named among Zagat's 30 Hottest Chefs Under 30, and will be debuting a new television series on the Food Network/Cooking Channel called "Late Nite Eats."
Follow his culinary journey over on his Instagram @Fork_Knife
Chef Chat Suansilphong / Fish Cheeks
Chef Chat's Instagram takeover of the Spruce Eats showed off a delicious shrimp pad thai.
Chef Chat grew up in the culinary world, honing his skills in his father's restaurant in Thailand. He then moved to New York City to study at the Culinary Institute of America. Chat then worked at Colicchio & Sons, and then spent two years doing front-of-house work as the manager of OBAO, an interpretive modern Asian restaurant.
Combining these experiences led him to open Fish Cheeks in the Noho area of New York City, with his brother, Ohm and Jenn Saesue. The restaurant serves contemporary Thai food with a focus on fresh seafood.
Follow his culinary journey over on his Instagram @Chatsuan
Come Say Hi! on Instagram
All takeovers can be seen in the highlights at the top of our Instagram feed, @TheSpruceEats. And don't forget to check our stories daily for new, inspired takeovers!