Vegan Black Metal Chef, Not Your Grandmother’s Online Cooking Teacher

Vegan Black Metal Chef— the YouTube culinary sensation who offers instructional cooking videos, specializing in vegan dishes, delivering the lessons over a soundtrack of black metal while wearing body armor and KISS-like make-up, and laced with no shortage of humor (“Hail Seitan!” and so on)—provides an update on his career since he appeared on “Talking Animals” in 2011.VeganChef16_1306520280As part of that update, he addresses the status of the professional possibilities and opportunities that were looming then, in the wake of his first cooking YouTube video quickly generating two million hits and media interest from the likes of The Washington Post and “Nightline,” including his own cooking television show, which had a few false starts and is still pending, and a hail-seitan-vegan-black-metal-chefcookbook which has an imminent publishing date. Vegan Black Metal Chef also describes “Do-Able Veganism,” a series of vlog episodes that eschews the intricate production of his cooking videos while demonstrating how simple, delicious, and inexpensive preparing vegan dishes can be. (He includes a cost analysis with each entry.) He also discusses his new Patreon campaign by which fans of Vegan Black Metal Chef am elect to pay a monthly fee in exchange for videos and other content ok made available only to his Patreon subscribers. He mentions particularly excellent restaurants and meals he’s enjoyed everywhere from Orlando to Australia. (http://veganblackmetalchef.com)

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Robert Cheeke, a vegan bodybuilder and author who was gearing up for the then-imminent lecture, book signing and workout he was holding the following Sunday, tied to his new book, “Shred It.” (http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/?page=robert_cheeke)

COMEDY CORNER: Shane Mauss’ “Mushroom, Vegan” (www.shanemauss.com)

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” Antibalas’ “Elephant,” (excerpt), instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: The Rolling Stones’ “Monkey Man”

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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