plant based

Explore the captivating world of plant-based culinary creations! Dive into articles celebrating the realm of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, offering flavorful dishes that can harmonize with nature.

Recipes & Techniques 3 min read

How to Make Plant-Based Caramel Sauce

This recipe for Plant-Based Caramel Sauce comes to us from Escoffier Certified Master Pastry Chef, Frank Vollkommer.

March 7, 2024
Culinary Arts 11 min read

Veganism 101: The Basics of Vegan Cooking

Vegan cooking can include a lot of creativity and a willingness to experiment with flavors and substitutes.

September 21, 2023

What Credentials Do You Need to Be a Plant-Based Chef?

Explore the credentials you may need to become a plant-based chef and discover how obtaining an education can open up job opportunities.

August 18, 2023
Culinary Arts 8 min read

The Flexitarian Diet: What It Is and What Aspiring Chefs Should Know

Are you thinking about trying the flexitarian diet? Learn more about what the flexitarian diet is, its health benefits—and why aspiring chefs should care.

August 9, 2023
World of Food & Drink 9 min read

What Is a Plant-Based Diet? An Essential Guide

What is “plant-based” and does it require going 100% vegan or vegetarian? Is this type of diet right for you? Find out in this guide!

July 12, 2023
Culinary Arts 7 min read

How Plant-Based Meat Substitutes Are Changing the Way We Eat

Plant-based meat substitutes are increasingly popular. Here’s what you should know about the rapidly growing industry.

May 29, 2023
Recipes & Techniques 7 min read

Easter Celebrations Are Full of Hoppy Traditions

The Easter Bunny,  spring bonnets, egg hunts, and of course… the food!  Easter traditions are alive and well across the...

April 6, 2023
Food Entrepreneurship 7 min read

How Important Is It to Have Vegan Options on Your Menu?

Now more than ever, plant-based food is reaching new heights! Here’s how to introduce more vegan menu options and ways to become a skilled vegan chef.

December 2, 2022
World of Food & Drink 6 min read

How Plant-Based Dishes Are Shaping Restaurant Menus

Increased consumer interest in plant-based foods means more plant-based restaurants. Learn about how plant-based eating is shaping restaurant menus.

October 27, 2022
World of Food & Drink 6 min read

Seven Vegan Chefs Every Plant-Based Culinary Arts Student Should Know

If you’re a plant-based culinary arts student, you should know these top seven vegan chefs… and the techniques that made them famous.

September 22, 2022
Culinary Arts 5 min read

Bay Leaves: What Are They and How to Use Them in Cooking

We discuss what bay leaves are, potential substitutes, and how to properly use them in cooking.

August 5, 2022
Recipes & Techniques 7 min read

Best Vegan & Vegetarian Cookbooks According to Professional Chefs

Get some guidance from these vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, each chosen by Escoffier Chef Instructors. Recipes for the amateur cook and the professional chef.

July 8, 2022

Plant-Based Classes: A Guide to Culinary School for Vegans and Vegetarians

If you keep animal products out of your diet, you may be wondering if you’ll fit in at culinary school. Learn more about culinary school for vegans and vegetarians.

July 4, 2022
World of Food & Drink 7 min read

Is Eating a Plant-Based Diet Healthy?

You know that a diet high in fruits and veggies is good for you. But should you go all the way? Is plant-based eating healthy? Get the facts.

June 15, 2022

What Can You Learn in Plant-Based Culinary School?

If you’re interested in advancing your plant-based cooking skills, you may naturally be wondering what you can learn in a plant-based culinary school.

May 13, 2022
Food Entrepreneurship 9 min read

What to Know When Opening a Vegetarian or Vegan Restaurant

Are you thinking about opening a vegetarian or vegan restaurant? Here are several key things to consider when opening a plant-based restaurant or café.

May 6, 2022
Culinary & Pastry Careers 8 min read

So You Want to Be a Vegan Chef? Here’s How.

Should you go to plant-based culinary school… if you want to become a vegan chef? Here’s what’s necessary (and what’s recommended) for this career path.

May 4, 2022
Culinary Arts 7 min read

What Are Functional Mushrooms and How Can They Be Used in Cooking?

Are you curious about functional mushrooms? Then learn more about how you can use these adaptogenic and medicinal mushrooms in the kitchen.

March 25, 2022
Culinary & Pastry Careers 7 min read

What Can You Do with a Plant-Based Foods Degree or Diploma?

The plant-based culinary market is growing at a fast clip. Find out where the future could take you with a degree or diploma in plant-based cuisine!

February 26, 2022
World of Food & Drink 6 min read

7 Best Meal Kit Delivery Services

Overwhelmed by all the meal delivery brands out there? Learn about the best meal kit services that can save you time in the kitchen.

January 24, 2022
World of Food & Drink 7 min read

How Is Plant-Based Meat Made?

With all the buzz about plant-based meat, you might have some questions about how it’s made… and whether it’s healthier than the real thing. Let’s explore more.

November 19, 2021
Austin Student Life 7 min read

Austin Students Discover Sustainability at the Campus Garden

Escoffier’s Austin campus garden lets students get up close and personal with their produce in the middle of the city. Nothing like a home-grown tomato!

October 18, 2021
Culinary Arts 6 min read

Plant-Based vs. Vegan: Why Chefs Need to Know the Difference

Cooking for 21st century crowds involves knowing the differences between a plant-based vs. vegan diet. Here are some key distinctions.

September 13, 2021
World of Food & Drink 8 min read

The True Costs of Processed Foods: Your Health, Your Planet

Processed foods are convenient and cheap, but they may be worse for you—and the environment—than you think. Learn how chefs are ditching processed foods.

August 18, 2021
Press Releases 2 min read

Escoffier Launches New Plant-Based Associate Degree & Diploma Programs

Online and In-Person Courses Offer Plant-based Cooking Education Options to Meet Growing Consumer Demand June 3, 2021 – Auguste Escoffier...

August 5, 2021
World of Food & Drink 5 min read

5 Best Plant-Based Restaurants in Chicago

Looking for delicious plant-based restaurants in Chicago? Here’s a list of 5 of the best plant-based restaurants in the area and some of their signature dishes.

June 9, 2021
World of Food & Drink 6 min read

Best Online Plant-Based Delivery Options

Looking to sign up for an online plant-based meal delivery service, but don’t know how to choose which one? We’ll walk you through what to look for!

June 8, 2021
Food Entrepreneurship 11 min read

Escoffier Graduate Talks About Going Plant-Based — in Culinary School and in Life

Meet plant-based chef, entrepreneur, and Escoffier graduate Shane Witters Hicks, and get his advice for vegetarian students attending culinary school.

May 26, 2021
Recipes & Techniques 2 min read

Plant-Based Chocolate Mousse

Escoffier Pastry Chef Anne Lanute has the perfect recipe for you. Her home-made chocolate mousse is rich, smooth and completely dairy free!

December 22, 2020
Recipes & Techniques 2 min read

Plant-Based Brownies? Yes, Please!

With so many requests for plant-based meal options, we wanted to share a unique recipe designed by Escoffier Chef Instructor,...

December 8, 2020
Food Entrepreneurship 7 min read

Escoffier Graduate Quyen Trinh Elevates the Vietnamese Dining Experience by opening Anise Modern Vietnamese Eatery

Quyen Trinh is a graduate of the Escoffier Diploma in Culinary Arts program at the Boulder Campus and owner of...

June 24, 2020
Culinary & Pastry Careers 6 min read

The Certified Master Chef; Ron DeSantis – Passion for the Craft

According to Chef Ron DeSantis, CMC, the key to successful ‘cheffing’ is to never stop learning. His sentiments echoed during...

June 5, 2020
World of Food & Drink 3 min read

Farmer Lee Jones of ‘The Chef’s Garden’ Discusses Sustainable Farming with Escoffier Students and Faculty

Farmer Lee Jones is noted as one of the “60 Coolest People in Food”…multiple times. He’s also part of the...

May 8, 2020
Baking & Pastry Arts 4 min read

What’s the Role of Botanical Flavors in Pastries and Baked Goods?

Botanicals have some strong, even bitter and medicinal flavors. But with the right strategy, they can be effectively incorporated into a variety of baked goods.

August 20, 2019
Recipes & Techniques 4 min read

Gazpacho 4 Ways: Stay Cool With These Summer Soup Variations

Here are a few simple but creative ideas to help inspire appreciation for refreshing gazpachos this summer. 

August 15, 2019
Recipes & Techniques 2 min read

How to Make Gazpacho

Although it may seem like a complete contradiction, cold soup is a thing. A very delicious and refreshing thing that...

July 24, 2019
Recipes & Techniques 3 min read

Dear avocados, is there anything you can’t do?

Avocados can be salty or sweet, smooth or chunky, fried or frozen, but they can't be beaten.  

November 26, 2018
Culinary Arts 3 min read

Pickling is for more than just cucumbers

Pickling is most commonly associated with cucumbers, but the process yields delicious results from a variety of fruits and vegetables.

October 25, 2018
Culinary Arts 3 min read

Lettuce-less salads? Let us show you how lovely they can be

Salads classically come with some kind of lettuce as the base, but there are many different variations providing similar yet exciting flavors and none of that specific leafy green.

October 17, 2018
Baking & Pastry Arts 4 min read

Amazing desserts made with vegetables

Vegetables are filled with natural sugars, making them excellent options for a dessert menu.

September 18, 2018
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