|Note: This page is from our 2014 event.
We'll post information about our October 10, 2015 event as it becomes available
Learn from some of the best vegan chefs in town (and beyond).
This schedule may possibly change a bit. Click on each chef's name to read her bio.
Chicago VeganMania began hosting Chef Demos in 2010, and they have quickly become
one of the favorite events in the festival. We are still finalizing our
roster for this year (we'll be announcing it as soon as we can!), but
we can promise it will be as exciting as always.
Some of the chefs who have demoed at past Chicago VeganMania events
include the Vegan Black Metal Chef, authors Isa Chandra Moskowitz,
Miyoko Schinner, Fran Costigan, Ste. Martaen's Laviyah Ayanna, and many others.
As always, everyone who attends a chef demo gets to sample the tasty creation they were just taught.
About the Chefs
has followed a plant-based diet for over 36 years. She is a chef,
culinary instructor, professional speaker, and author. With her comedy
background, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny
Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, David Letterman, and more.
Chef AJ is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight.
The book is half confessional memoir, half delectable recipes. It
chronicles her journey from junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of
pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that heal the
body. Many of her recipes can be seen on her YouTube cooking show The Chef and the Dietitian.
She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell
University and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle
Medicine. Learn more about her at EatUnprocessed.com
||Susen Hunter Corporate
Chef S. A. Hunter – aka “CHEF GREEN V” – uses her vegan superpowers for
Native Foods Café, the nation’s premier fast-casual, plant-based
restaurant group, headquartered in Chicago, IL. As part of the Native
Foods Café Culinary Team, Chef Susen travels across the country to NFC
locations presenting free cooking demos to the public and spreading
vegan love and knowledge. Chef Susen was raised in a family heavily
into dairy farming, cattle ranching, and horse-racing. As a result, she
had her heart broken by the “business as usual” deaths of a few beloved
cows and many horses until one fall day when she lost a favorite mare
to a horseracing accident and declared that no more could she accept
the life she was living.
Since then, she has become a dedicated advocate for eating
compassionately, creating a sustainable planet, and educating others
about healthy living. Chef Susen has a diverse culinary background
which includes experience in family restaurants, the galleys of luxury
yachts in the Caribbean, the kitchens of clients as a personal chef, in
health and wellness clinics, and in years of catering and recipe
development as a vegan chef. Over the past decade, she has presented
countless demonstrations and talks explaining and promoting a vegan
lifestyle and its associated health benefits. Additionally, she has
worked as a nutritional consultant and writer for several clients
including a worldwide dietary supplement company. It must also be noted
that Chef Green V is obsessed with kitchen gadgets and cookie cutters.
But she is in therapy and getting help for the cookie cutter issue. You
can follow Chef Green V on Facebook at and on Twitter.
|Ellen Jaffe Jones
is a certified personal trainer (AFAA), certified running coach (RRCA)
and currently 7th in the US Women's 60-64 1500 meters. She's placed in
73 5K races for her age group, and has done 2 marathons and 6 half
marathons since '06 "just" on plants. She's the author of myth-busting
books: Eat Vegan on $4 a Day, Kitchen Divided, and the co-author of Paleo Vegan: Plant-Based Primal Recipes, and Running, Eating, Thinking with a book on vegan fitness in '15. Learn more at vegcoach.com
a Chicago native and self-taught chef, learned tricks of the trade as
an experienced cook & baker in restaurant/hotel kitchens. She
became vegetarian in 1971 and hasn’t looked back. In 1983, she
co-founded the meat-free Chicago Diner, intuitively pioneering the
combination of vegetarian cuisine with comfort food flair.
Kirti Sheth is a vegan/gluten-free/raw Indian Chef and the Chef of Arya
Bhavan restaurant in Chicago. She enjoys being hospitable, being around
people, and nurturing them with products coming fresh from the Home we
all share... the Earth.
Kirti has been vegan since she was a child, of her own choosing. It’s
something that came natural to her, so she believes it’s been God’s
plan all along for her to do what she does.
With a background in agriculture and years of experience growing
organic produce on her own land in India and the U.S., she's made it
her purpose to promote healthy eating for everyone.
Kirti is constantly at work coming up with new vegan, raw and
gluten-free recipes and it’s a great pleasure for her to hear people
say they feel better when they eat her food.
Linda Szarkowski is a graduate of the internationally renowned Living
Light Culinary Institute. While there she received certifications in
the Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition, Chef and Instructor. She also holds
certifications from both Alissa Cohen’s Living on Live Food Program and
The Un-cooking School. Linda has been a chef at the award winning
Chicago Diner and at Beet’s Cafe in Austin, Texas. In addition to
teaching classes with Green Spirit, she has taught at the Raw Gourmet
International and has been a demo chef at the Taste of Chicago for the
past 3 years.
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