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Vegiterranean Scot Jones Vegan Thanksgiving Classes

Written by Vegetarian Star on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 in Chefs, Food & Drink.

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Scot Jones, executive head chef of Chrissie Hynde‘s restaurant, The Vegiterranean, said the word “vegan” never appeared in his culinary classes.

Just goes to show you don’t learn everything you need in school, because now Jones teaches Thanksgiving cooking classes for vegans.

“I love Thanksgiving,” Jones said. “It’s the harvest month. You have such wonderful harvest. Squash, different nuts are coming into season, things of that nature — things that are great, like fresh cranberry.”

“If you concentrate on a side dish, and pack it full of flavor, you don’t miss the animal protein,” Jones said.

Jones taught his students to make dishes such as vegetable pot pie with tofu, raw honey cheesecake bars, and wild green salad with a tofu ricotta cheese.

This Thanksgiving, Jones plans to make a sweet potato, leek, soy mozzarella and thyme au gratin.

What’s on your menu for veggie Thanksgiving?

via stylemagazine.com

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Chrissie Hynde’s Chef, Scot Jones, Writing Books, Cleansing Oprah

Written by Vegetarian Star on Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 in Authors, Chefs, Recipes.

Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal

Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal

Chrissie Hynde’s gotten a lot of publicity for opening a vegan Italian restaurant in her hometown of Akron, Ohio, but her Executive Chef, Scot Jones, may have been hiding in her shadow.

Not anymore.

Jones has authored a few chapters in an upcoming vegan cookbook and while he wasn’t in The Vegiterranean kitchen perfecting spaghetti with “rawmesan,” he developed recipes for Oprah’s famous 21 Day vegan cleanse.

The book’s working title, The Conscious Vegan, is written by chef Tal Ronnen, founder of Veg Advantage, a non-profit organization that helps restaurants put vegetarian items on their menus.

When Jones met Ronnen to consult on the menu for The Vegiterranean, the two hit it off well and Jones was asked to assist in providing recipes for Oprah Winfrey’s 21 day vegan cleanse.

”He used 21 of my recipes and 21 of his recipes to do Oprah’s 21 Day Cleanse in Hawaii last summer,” Jones said.

The book is scheduled to be released this fall and will feature a couple of chapters and recipes from Jones, like SPLIT PEA SOUP WITH TEMPEH BACON AND CHIPOTLE CREAM.

Jones isn’t a vegetarian yet, but he’s added more vegan foods into his diet.

via Ohio.com

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