Brian Manowitz, the man known as Vegan Black Metal Chef, is passionate about Vegan cuisine and metal music. So what happens when he dons on his dark armor, makeup, and whips out his pentagram? We get pretty awesome video and some delicious looking vegan cooking. In fact, his first video, launched nearly 8 months ago, has amassed nearly 1.7 million views with all the rest of his videos garnering audiences in the tens and hundreds of thousands.
Manowitz explains his decision to go vegan on his site, and his decision to create his black metal chef alter ego:
What’s the story behind your love of food and cooking?
The story behind my love of food and cooking is that I don’t like eating crap! I really like to eat amazing quality food so when I became vegan, I saw that no one was going to do it for me. I was into cooking a little bit before that but its was really going vegan that kinda forced me to get more into it.
How did you come up with the Vegan Black Metal Chef identity?
To a lot of people this seems like a weird leap from their ordinary lives. However, most of what I do all day is work on music or cook…so it was really just a natural blend for me. What made me want to start making videos like this is that I am finally able to make a halfway decent recording.
Is Vegan Black Metal Chef a solo endeavor? Or are there more vegan metal-heads behind the music?
It is a solo endeavor. Several friends have helped me make some of the background and stuff but Its just me, a tripod, camera, and music stuff.
If you could jam with anyone who would it be and what would you serve them to eat afterwards?
Hmmmm jam with anyone eh? Perhaps Mustas the now ex-keyboardist from Dimmu Borgir. How the hell did they fire that guy? I would serve him buffalo seitan bits with vegan ranch and celery. Because im addicted to that at the current moment.
Finally, do you have any words of wisdom for all the Foodbeasts out there?
Don’t whiz on the electric fence.
Check out Vegan Black Metal Chef’s videos at his YouTube channel or watch his latest post “Indian Feast” below.