Vegan Chef Wins Food Network Competition

Written by Christina Tacoronti

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What happens when you put a vegan chef on a cooking competition show that is all about skill, speed, and ingenuity? They win, of course. That’s exactly what happened on Tuesday night when Philadelphia restaurant Vedge’s chef Rich Landau competed on the Food Network’s Chopped.

With a menu that included chia-seed encrusted summer rolls in a mushroom broth and tempeh steaks with tomatillo salsa, chef Rich showed once again that vegan food is creative, crave-able, and most importantly, here to stay.

Rich quickly proved that he was there to compete — and win. After the first dish, one judge said he was “astounded by the flavor and richness” of a dish without animal fats.

His second dish featured tempeh steaks with tomatillo salsa, and one judge added that the “tempeh looked tempting!”

This week’s Chopped isn’t the first time vegan food has reigned supreme on a decisively non-vegan show. In June of 2010, chef Chloe Coscarelli competed on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars winning with flavors such as chocolate strawberry shortcake and crème-filled chocolate orange. Consistently, vegan chefs have gone head-to-head with non-vegan competitors, and through a masterful display of delicious plant-based cooking, they’ve won—making it clear that meat-, egg-, and dairy-free eating has reached a level of sophistication, flavor, and creativity that not just rivals but exceeds its meat-laden counterparts.

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Everywhere you turn the signs are there: plant-based eating is becoming more popular than ever. All-vegan eatery, Native Foods recently announced plans to open 200 more restaurants in the next five years, earlier this year the Cooking Channel debuted an all-vegan cooking show, and the number of people googling the word “vegan” is on the rise.  And let’s not forget to mention the entire periodic table full of celebrities embracing vegan eating, a vegan-friendly post-Oscar party, and all-vegan restaurants and chefs earning top titles from magazines.

With such a high degree of deliciousness combined with compassion—there’s no reason not to choose the animal-friendly option. So what are you waiting for? Visit TryVeg.com and start today!