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Top 5 Celebrity Vegetarian Chefs

More and more folks nowadays are choosing to go vegetarian and for many different reasons. Some choose this diet for political reasons, others for reasons of ethics, and still others simply because of the health benefits. Let's look at the celebrity chefs that identify with this diet!

1. Jason Wrobel - Mr. Wrobel is a raw food chef who happens to be vegetarian. He attained his fame for his dishes based off of plants and will soon be taking over a show on the Cooking Channel. As far as being a Chef goes, making it to network television is one of the peaks of the career!

2. Tai Ronnen - One of the most renowned celebrity vegetarian Chefs around. He has done most of his work out of L.A. and the Madeleine Bistro. He has cooked for everyone in Hollywood, including Oprah.

3. Laura Theodore - Also known as the "Jazzy Vegetarian", Laura has gained her fame through her singing abilities, hosting talents, and her cooking. She has a cook book in stores and a radio show to broadcast her thoughts.

4. Isa Moskowitz - Isa stood at the forefront of vegetarian cooking when her decision to ditch meat and animal products in the '80s brought her to critical acclaim. She has a huge personality and her work as an activist, which led her to her TV Show, Post Punk Kitchen, makes her a great ambassador for green food.

5. Alice Waters - Is the owner of the Chez Panisse. She is a famous chef, writer, and owner. She started vegetarian education with her school "The Edible School Yard"


The Top 5 Apps for Vegetarian Meal Ideas and More

1. Vegetarian How to Cook Everything on iPhone

This app by Culinate, Inc. promises just what the title suggests. You get over 2,000 recipes with helpful graphics for beginners. The app cost nearly 10 dollars.

2. Vegetarian Cookbook and Restaurant Locator on iPhone

This app by Web 2 Mobile Design allows you to search a cookbook for recipes, bookmark favorite meals for later, and search vegetarian restaurants all from your smartphone. This program cost about a dollar.

3. Green Kitchen on iPhone

This app by Amazing Applications AB experienced great reviews and plenty of success. You can learn to cook vegetarian cuisine that gives back to the environment, using only natural ingredients. This app cost about five dollars.

4. I'm Hungry: Vegetarian Recipes on Android or iPhone

This app by YaYaApps features gorgeous pictures with easy-to-follow recipes for a variety of vegetarian food items from a number of different nationalities. This app is free.

5. Locavore on Android or iPhone

This app by Local Dirt allows you to find the freshest and most natural farm-sourced vegetarian items, figure out what's in season, and then find a place to get these ingredients. This app is free.


Advice on Attending the Best Vegetarian Food Festivals

Here are some tips to follow to get in and taste the delicious cuisine.

Research locations – Food festivals occur all year long all around the world. You don't just have to stick to the United States if you don't want to. You can also travel to other countries to see ways in which they make vegetarian meals. Perform some research to find out when and where these festivals occur.

Create a budget – If you do plan on traveling far, you will certainly need to budget accordingly. You will have to pay for the festival itself as well as for plane fare, hotels, other food, as well as other expenses that you'll incur along the way. You can also stay local, which can be just as rewarding.

Register early – Many vegetarian food festivals occur the same time each year. The most in-demand fests don't have tons of room, so it's best that you register for the event as early as you possibly can. This guarantees that you don't miss out on any of the fun.

Don't be afraid to try new foods – Once you actually get to the festival, try a little bit of everything, even if you may not think that you like it. If you don't enjoy a food, at least you can say that you tried it. You may just find your new favorite food this way too.


Which celebs are Vegetarians and Why?

Many celebrities are vegetarian or vegan. Vegetarians do not eat meat, vegans take that lifestyle a step further and refuse to consume any products that come from animals, including butter, cream, milk. In the strictest form of the lifestyle, vegans won't wear leather/silk/wool or fur. For some it's a passing phase, for others its a permanent lifestyle change, here are a few celebs that made the commitment:.

  • Andre 3000 Benjamin of Outkast - Even though many of his hip-hop and rap contemporaries disagree with his choice, Andre has been a proud vegan since 1996.

  • Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi - the super popular couple decided to commit to a vegan lifestyle together, no doubt having a spouse's support helped tremendously in what is a massive lifestyle change

  • Russell Brand - The British comedian says that he became a vegetarian at age fourteen. He maintains that even when he was addicted to heroin, he still wouldn't eat meat. Brand was crowned Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity in 2011

  • President Bill Clinton - After leaving the White House, prompted by two heart procedures and advice from a trusted doctor, Clinton gave up his meat and fat filled diet to begin a vegetarian lifestyle, during the transformation, he dropped over twenty pounds

  • Al Gore - Former Vice President took awhile to convert, but eventually he followed his running mate's lead and switched to a vegan diet in late 2013.

  • Carrie Underwood - Carrie swore off meat at the age,of thirteen. Being raised on a farm, Underwood just couldn't imagine eating one of her own animals

  • Woody Harrelson - Harrelson has been an advocate of veganism for years. His latest venture is co-owning the very first organic vegan beer garden

These are just a few of the celebrities who are vegan. Whether they want to get healthy or advocate for animals, being a vegetarian is all over Hollywood and won't be going anywhere anytime soon.


What to Consider When Picking a Vegetarian Cooking Class for Your Kid

Enrolling your kids in cooking classes is a great way to help them develop healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. Cooking classes for kids come in a variety of forms, including those focused on a vegetarian diet.

Consider these points before signing up your child:

1. Look for classes through local organizations – Many organizations in your area, such as the YMCA or churches, may offer the chance for tots to learn to cook with vegetarian foods. You can ask around town or do some research online.

2. Make sure the class is interesting – Kids have a much shorter attention span than adults do. Very likely, while food and cooking may be your passion, it may not yet be theirs. Therefore, make sure that the class remains interesting and entertaining to your children so that they want to return.

3. Decide if you want to be involved – Some classes may require adult supervision or involvement. Others don't. Talk with your child to figure out if they want you in the class. If they do, make the time to attend each and every session.

4. Check for safety – While safety is a top priority in any cooking class, it's all the more imperative that children remain safe when handling certain equipment like sharp utensils or fire. Visit the class yourself to see that safety regulations are enforced, like first aid kits.


Tips on Picking the Ideal Vegetarian Cooking Class

Perhaps you're a beginner or perhaps you already know how to cook and just want to learn how to incorporate vegetarian menu items into your daily meals. Either way, you're interested in taking a vegetarian cooking class. You want to find one that fits your needs though, whether that's a busy schedule or a budget. Below are some tips so that you can find the best class for you.

1. Consider whether you want to take classes online or in person – These days, you can take cooking classes through the Internet, replete with video instruction and more. For those that can't get a spare minute in their busy lives to venture to a physical location, this may be ideal.

2. Look locally – If you can take a physical vegetarian cooking class, then look locally. Check your newspaper, the Internet, and social media to see what classes may be available near you. Ask your grocery store or nearby restaurants for any tips too.

3. Decide how long you can spend in a class – Some classes may only last a couple of weeks, while others may go on for a month or two. Only you know how much time that you can spare for a class. Figure it out before you enroll though.

4. Remember your budget – Class cost may vary depending on the location, on whether the class is online or not, or on how long that the class lasts. Consider all of these factors when picking an affordable class.

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