Vegan Black Metal Chef: The Man Behind the Metal

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.



Native Wellington – A Vegan Thanksgiving

Native Wellington Thanksgiving

Native Foods Cafe, a fast-casual vegan chain with locations in Chicago, Oregon and Southern California, has introduced a turkey alternative for vegan eaters – the Native Wellington. The vegan spin on Beef Wellington includes seitan, kale, portobello mushrooms, orange-glazed yams, stuffing and caramelized onions. And you can’t forget the shallot mushroom gravy!

Here at FOODBEAST we know we inundate you with every fast food and deep fried concoction possible. So for our 3 vegan readers (looking at you Dez Yusef), you’re welcome.

The Native Wellington is made for 6-8 vegans, and is available in the Native Foods store for $39.95 plus shipping.



Ellen Opens New Vegan Restaurant

Ellen DeGeneres is set to open up a new vegan restaurant. The television personality, along with wife Portia de Rossi, will open the restaurant on Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley.

This business development coincides with Ellen’s newest blog, Going Vegan with Ellen. Tal Ronnen, a pre-eminent vegan chef will create the menu. A representative for Ellen states that Waldo Fernandez, who has also worked for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, will do the designs.

Fellow investors of the restaurant also include: Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, and businessman Steve Bing.

via: The Hollywood Reporter


How to Spot a Vegan [HUMOR]

Some Vegans have run into some serious stereotypes over the years. It’s good thing not all of them fit that mold. Oh, wait. (Thx JackShepard and VeryDemotivational)

Hit-Or-Miss Humor Video

Vegan Meal Time [Video]

Let the food wars begin! Over the past couple weeks, self-proclaimed gluttons Epic Meal Time have amassed millions of views on their YouTube account for their extremely over-the-top, excessive, and self-aware fatty-food-centric cooking show. With hits like Fast Food Sushi and the TurBaconEpic some animal rights activists, vegans, vegetarians and…well…someone was bound to be offended by their cuisine.

That’s where the fellows of Getting Friendly stepped in with this tasteful parody, rightfully titled Vegan Meal Time. This could have easily come off pretentious, disgruntled and quite frankly…stupid. In my opinion, these guys have created a fun parody that deserves to be watched:


Pic of the Day: Carnivore vs. Vegan


Richard caught this picture not too long ago. Definitely worthy of picture of the day. Vegan? Carnivore? I guess the battle rages on!