What was once a platform that only seemed to consist of cringy lip-synching videos, TikTok has now turned into one of the most used apps in existence with over 800 million active users worldwide. Like many other social media platforms, communities for different interest groups have begun to form, making it easy to find your niche. I don’t claim to be a TikTok expert (although, I do--regrettably--spend most of my waking hours on the app) but one of the most entertaining and surprisingly, relaxing communities on the video platform are the Cooking TikTokers. While there are dozens of TikTok foodies worth following, here are 7 women chefs you should follow to give you some cooking inspiration and a much needed burst of happy:
1. Tabitha Brown (@iamtabithabrown)
Sushi lovers, this for you! Spicy UnTuna roll anyone? This is one of my favorite low carb recipes using carrot pulp! ##tabithabrown♬ original sound - iamtabithabrown
Tabitha Brown is the hero of 2020 that we very much knew we needed. With a growing 3 million followers and over 38 million likes on the short video platform, Brown has become a national star with features in BuzzFeed, Vogue, Goodful and even the New York Times. The 41-year-old actor and influencer creates 60 second vegan cooking tutorials that will have you scrolling through her page for hours on end. While learning how to cook delicious recipes like Jackfruit “Pulled Pork” Sandwiches and Spicy “UnTuna” Sushi Rolls is certainly a plus, it’s Brown’s personality that really keeps fans coming back. Her soothing videos will have you laughing and potentially crying sweet tears of joy (but maybe that's just a me thing). If you’re looking to stan even just one TikToker, then it ought to be @iamtabithabrown. ‘Cause that’s your business!
2. Jenny Martinez (@jennymartinezzz)
If you love some authentic Mexcan cuisine, then Jenny Martinez is the one to follow. Her fun-filled tutorials will make you an expert at cooking a variety of Mexican-inspired dishes in no time. From Queso Fundido to Chorizo Gorditas to Tomatillo Salsa, watching her create these “bomb ass” recipes is addicting to say the least. Martinez even posts drink recipes as well, so you can finally learn how to create the perfect Margarita or Pina Colada while stuck in quarantine.
3. Vivian Aronson (@cookingbomb)
Hello hello! If Vivian Aronson pops up on your feed, then you’re sure to soak up some of her positive energy on sight. The TikTok star has become known for her mesmerizing loop videos of her cooking various Asian dishes. By following Aronson, you can learn to cook just about everything you might be crazing from Boba and Mochi to classic Miso Soup and even Sichuan Hotpot. This chef doesn’t leave out the basics, either. Every so often, she’ll post a cooking hack that will literally change your life like showing you a fast, easy hack to cutting onions or offering a guide to cooking the perfect hard-boiled egg.
4. Marissa Mullen (@thatcheeseplate)
Okay: get ready to be entranced by the most magnificent cheese boards you have ever seen in your life. While making intricate cheese boards has become somewhat of a meme on the platform, Marissa Mullen is not here to play around. The 27-year-old charcuterie plate artist has now been featured on talk shows and even came out with her own cookbook, “That Cheese Plate Will Save Your Life,” after quitting her day job and jumping headfirst into the niche but beautiful world of cheeses. While her artful videos are fun and relaxing to watch, they will certainly give you some inspiration for the next time you make that “me time” snack.
5. Jessica Woo (@sulheejessica)
Packed lunch never looked so good. This mom and chef continues to wow her 2 million TikTok followers with her “Time To Make Lunch For My Kids” series. Woo makes intricate bento box lunches for her three children, providing both simple and intricate recipes and even different ways you can creatively utilize leftovers. Even if you don’t have kids you need to pack lunch for, Woo’s videos are flat-out addicting. Luckily, she creates tutorials for other mouth-watering recipes as well such as KimChi Fried Rice and the perfect breakfast burritos.
6. Shereen Paldvies (@cookingwithshereen)
Can you say comfort food? Shereen Paldvies' 60 second cooking show will bring you some much needed comfort both when watching her videos and when you go on to cook her recipes later. Paldvies’ motto “Cook from scrath, because...you can!” is made easy with her tutorials that can teach you how to make everything from your favorite dishes you ate as a kid to new, interesting recipes you’ll be dying to try. Start out with breakfast by combining her recipes for the best scrambled eggs and fancy french toast before moving on to guacamole and home-made jalapeno margs at happy hour.
7. Maya Smith (@starbucksrecipeswithhm)
Ever wonder how your favorite Starbucks drinks are made? Well Maya Smith has got you covered. This Starbucks barista has amassed over 1 million followers on TikTok by supplying her viewers with tutorials on how to make their favorite drinks and even some secret menu items that you could seek out next time you’re at the Starbies counter or even make from home. There’s something calming about watching Smith mix different drinks all day, although, I still jump every time she does that cup flipping trick she’s become famous for.
Image via @iamtabithabrown on Instagram
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Aliza is a Creative Writing BFA student and former BUST Magazine intern! When she's not writing, reading or scrolling through TikTok for hours on end, you can find her consuming copious amounts of iced coffee or doing something witchy. Follow her on Twitter @alizapelto.