Wednesday, 22 August 2012
No joke-if you haven't heard of him log into YouTube and search for the Vegan Black Metal Chef! I initially started watching the Vegan Black Metal Chef because of my shared interest in both black metal and cooking, though I am by no means a vegan, I absolutely love these videos.
The Vegan Black Metal Chef, Brian Manowitz, stands for many respectable things: eating healthy, supporting local farmers by purchasing their produce, "bringing consciousness to your actions", and most importantly for Veganism the non-exploitation of animals. In every 5-15 minute video the Vegan Black Metal Chef provides a tasty tutorial on how to prepare a genuine vegan dish. Some of my favorite episodes include his pilot episode (see below!) for Pad Thai, Udon Noodle Stir Fry, and even a festive recipe for a holiday Yule Log. To top it all off the Vegan Black Metal Chef is not only an experienced chef, but a talented musician! Each video is accompanied by a song following the suit of traditional black metal. Luckily, the lyrics/instructions are provided in subtitles as the video goes on for the inexperienced metal listener. Did I mention that I love his attire and cookware?
I think this is a very creative way to promote this food choice. In various interviews Brian Manowitz says that his ultimate goal is to answer the question of "What is Veganism and what to Vegans eat?" in a fun and unique way. An ABC interview can also be found on Youtube- I was a little preturbed by the attitude of the reporter who seemed to be picking on the beloved chef a bit for his black metal style, but I am sure that reporter changed his tune once he sampled some of the Vegan Black Metal Chef's cooking! I love getting to listen to the music as I watch the good chef make various vegetable sacrifices and stomp around in his awesome attire. Whether you are a fan of black metal or not, are interested in Veganism or just eating healthy in general, I highly recommend his videos.
What do you think of the Vegan Black Metal Chef and had you heard of him before? Do you think his fusion of metal music and vegan lifestyle is an effective way to get the word out? Most importantly- have you tried out any of his recipes?