Veganism is far from the rarity it once was. More and more folks are becoming educated on how the meat and dairy industries can have a negative impact on health and the environment, resulting in a rapidly growing interest in plant-based diets. In fact, everyone from Beyoncé, to Ava DuVernay, to Drake has either flirted with a meat-free lifestyle or made the switch to full-blown veganism.
If you’ve been thinking about going vegan or plant-based, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start. Luckily, there are plenty of resources to get you on your merry, vegan-eating way. Ahead, 5 vegan chefs who will no doubt inspire you to start choosing tofu over turkey.
When it comes to vegan chefs, nobody does it like Babette Davis. After giving up meat thirty years ago, Lewis opened the Inglewood restaurant, Stuff I Eat, where she cooks up comforting vegan soul food. If you need any convincing that a vegan diet can work wonders, just take a look at Chef Babette, who regularly hits the gym. She’s in her late sixties, but is seriously fit, maybe even more so than some of the fitness influencers you see on Instagram.
Need some ideas for veggie meal prep? Look no further than Jenné Claiborne, a Georgia transplant living in LA who is a vegan chef, blogger, momma, and author of Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes. On Claiborne’s blog, you’ll find creative vegan recipes, such as the Whole Roasted Cabbage “Turkey,” alongside video tutorials and helpful advice for fellow plant-based moms. A warning if you follow her Insta: you will get hungry.
Some people might toy with the idea of going vegan, but the thought of giving up juicy, delicious burgers makes them hesitate. Well, they just haven’t met Pinky Cole yet. Cole is the owner of Slutty Vegan, the hilariously-named, popular vegan burger joint in Atlanta. One of Cole’s Slutty vegan creations is The One Night Stand, a burger made with an Impossible Foods patty, caramelized onions, and meatless bacon and cheese on a Hawaiian bun, oozing with tangy “slutty sauce.” No wonder they regularly have lines wrapped around the block.
Lauren Von Der Pool, aka the “Queen of Green,” can name star-studded clientele like Serena and Venus Williams, Common, and even Michelle Obama, who recruited Von Der Pool to be the executive chef for her “Let’s Move” campaign back in the day. It’s no wonder the Los Angeles-based chef been so successful—her colorful, healthy dishes look like works of art.
Making meals can be intimidating for the vegan newbie, but Texas chef Gabrielle Reyes’s warm approach to cooking will calm anybody’s nerves. Perhaps it’s her Southern charm? From her Beyond Layered Lasagna to her Cheesy Butter “Noods,” Reyes’s recipes will inspire you to get moving in the kitchen in no time.