Being plant-based in the olden days was not as easy as today as there were not so many companies and restaurants offering plant-based options. But, thanks to these game-changing vegan chefs, who changed the culinary world by introducing a new way to cook plants. Bringing cruelty-free cuisine through their restaurants, cookbooks, and social media platforms, these 9 chefs have changed the way we eat and turn the thoughtless vegetable dishes into mouth-watering dishes even non-vegans would enjoy.
1. Tal Ronnen
Tal Ronnen is the founder and chef of Crossroads Kitchen in Los Angeles' West Hollywood's neighbourhood and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Conscious Cook and Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That Is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine. The co-creator of Kite Hill and board member for Impossible Foods, Ronnen first became known nationwide as the chef who prepared the meals for Oprah Winfrey's 21-day vegan cleanse; and further made his culinary mark at several high-profile events, having catered Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's wedding, a U.S. Senate dinner, and more.
2. Dough McNish
Chef Doug McNish is a vegan chef with a drive to create beautiful and delicious food that is healthy, organic, and vegan. Inspired by the highest quality plant-based ingredients grown by conscious farmers, he wrote his three cookbooks in three years and had over one thousand cooked and raw vegan recipes in circulation. His first book — Eat Raw, Eat Well, 400 Raw: Vegan and Gluten-Free Recipes — received Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the World, 2012 by the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards held in Paris, France.
3. Chloe Coscarelli
Being the first vegan chef to win the top prize on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, Chef Chloe Coscarelli has since been recognized for bringing vegan cuisine to the mainstream as an award-winning chef best-selling cookbook author. Chloe shares her bright, colorful vegan recipes using fresh, healthy ingredients. She has published four best-selling cookbooks, Chloe Flavor, Chloe's Kitchen, Chloe's Vegan Desserts and Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen. The New York Times, Zagat, and Forbes have each recognized Chloe in their 30 Under 30 series.
4. Gaz Oakley
Gaz Oakley, known as the Avant-Garde Vegan, is a vegan chef and cookbook author from Cardiff, Wales. He was described in the Daily Telegraph as "a star of the meat-free world", whose recipes have gained the respect of herbivores and carnivores alike. Decided to go vegan overnight in 2015, Gaz has published 2 cookbooks, vegan 100 & vegan Christmas. In April 2020, Gaz published his third cookbook, Plants Only Kitchen which is all about quick, simply & tasty vegan recipes. He also shares with his followers that he will open his own restaurant when he reaches 1 million youtube subscribers.
5. Chad and Derek Sarno
Derek is the co-founder of Wicked Foods, Inc. Developer on the Plant Chef brand and owner/developer of the Wicked Kitchen brand in the U.K. He also serves as Executive Chef & Director of Plant-Based Innovation for Tesco PLC, leading its efforts to bring delicious, unpretentious vegan foods to market. Meanwhile, Chef Sarno serves as the co-Founder, Executive Chef, and Vice President of Culinary for Good Catch Foods, a company on a mission to create plant-based seafood. Together, they co co-author of the Whole Foods Cookbook (Fall 2018), and the Wicked Healthy Cookbook (Spring 2018).
6. Dana Shultz
Dana Shultz is the recipe developer and co-author of Minimalist Baker, a website devoted to simple cooking, founded with her husband, John, in 2012. Dana creates the recipes, the photographs, and the blog content, while John designs, codes, develops products, and plays visionary. The couple is situated in Portland, Oregon, where they indulge in all the craft coffee, wine, and food they can get their hands on. Dana is the author of Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes and the 31 Meals Cookbook.
7. Henry Firth & Ian Theasby
Henry Firth and Ian Theasby are the boys behind BOSH!, the social media sensation that storms the vegan community. The duo is famed for their tantalizing and easy to follow recipe videos and have racked up an incredible following on social media. Henry Firth and Ian Theasby released BOSH!: Simple Recipes. Unbelievable results. All plants back in two years ago. It went on to become 2018's fastest-selling cookbook and the fastest-selling vegan cookbook since records began, racking up several weeks atop The Sunday Times' bestseller list.
8. Chez Jorge
Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, George Lee or popularly knowns as Chez Jorge, is perhaps the youngest chef on this list. He is currently an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley and spent a summer at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, where he received his cuisine culinary training. In April 2020, in the midst of a raging pandemic, he started Chez Jorge where he dedicated the page to strictly posting vegan recipes (even though he wasn't vegan) to feed off his budding interest in the field. Through his social media, George hopes to teach people at home how to cook in a cruelty-free, sustainable fashion that would make anyone feel at home.
9. Max Mandias
Max Mandias, is the chef behind Green Butcher and Burgreens, leading plant-based eatery in Indonesia. Max is also a Nutritional Healing Coach and Certified Plant-based Chef, who's passionate about practical nutrition & planetarian (sustainable) diet. Over the last few years, through Burgreens and his workshops, Max has taught people in Indonesia how to cook delicious healing foods that people can enjoy and practical tips to kickstart healthy eating habits for his corporate wellness programs.