Last week we wrote an open letter to the Food Network asking, begging, pleading for a vegetarian/vegan cooking show. In the letter, we pointed out that in almost 150 television shows listed as airing on “The Food Network” and its new sister “The Cooking Channel”, not one is dedicated exclusively to the vegan and/or vegetarian lifestyle. Not cool!
But then we figured it out! There’s no veggie cooking show because the network of traditional foodies doesn’t know who to cast as the host. OF COURSE! So, since we consider ourselves pretty serious plant eaters, we thought we’d offer our assitance! Here’s our selection for the Top 5 VEG Chefs Food Network Should Hire.
Think you can’t have a delicious vegan “chicken” scaloppini? Then celebrity chef Tal Ronnen has obviously never cooked for you! Chef Tal is one of the most well-known vegan chefs in the country. In 2008, Ronnen prepared vegan meals for Oprah during her 21-day vegan cleanse. He also catered Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s vegan wedding, Arianna Huffington’s party at the Democratic National Convention, and the first vegan dinner at the U.S. Senate. Right! He’s a big deal! Chef Tal conducts master vegetarian workshops for students and staff at Le Cordon Bleu College and always lives up to his promise that, “you won’t miss the meat.”
What’s better than super delicious? Super delicious and super healthy. Best known for her appearance in the award-winning documentary Super Size Me, Alexandra Jamieson has been seen on Oprah, The Final Word, 30 Days and The National Health Test with Bryant Gumble. What’s more, she is the author of The Great American Detox Diet and Living Vegan for Dummies. As a chef, speaker and holistic health coach, Alex has the right combination of talent and personality to make even your meat-obsessed uncle watch a vegan cooking show.
If you like soul food that can actually heal your soul (instead of fill it with nasty cholesterol) then Chef Bryant Terry is for you.Terry is an eco chef, food justice activist, and author of two critically acclaimed books — Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen. The well-known chef has made numerous national radio and television appearances on shows like The Martha Stewart Show, Emeril Green, The Splendid Table, and The Tavis Smiley Show. And, according to his site, Bryant is currently working on a third book and “a television project.” Hey, could it be a veggie cooking show?
Are you one of those people who think raw food sounds like a bunch of sacrifice and no flavor? Ani Phyo will change your mind. Phyo is an eco-lifestylist and the author of Ani’s Raw Food Essentials, Ani’s Raw Food Desserts, and Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. With the goal of showing the world how easy it is to enjoy healthy and organic whole foods, Ani will show you how to fuel up on raw power. Phyo even hosts a series of awesome cooking videos on her site…so we know she can get the job done.
Fresh off her recent Cupcake Wars win, chef Chloe Coscarelli is this season’s vegan it girl. A graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute of Health and Culinary Arts NYC, Chloe is fast becoming a champion vegan chef. Chloe will appear in the September 13 issue of Woman’s World magazine where she will, of course, talk all about the deliciousness of vegan cuisine. Need more proof that she’d be a great host? Check out her video series on VegNews.com. We know you’ll love!
Well there it is: Our Top 5 VEG Chefs Food Network Should Hire. What do you say, Food Network? Can we get one of these plant-eating cool kids a television show already? We won’t even charge a finder’s fee.