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It took 28 years, but Food Network finally won us over and proved that times are changing for the better. That’s right, vegan food is finally in the spotlight on Food Network, thanks to its new show, It’s CompliPlé. Unlike other shows on the Food Network, which use ingredients from the cruel meat, egg, and dairy industries, this show invites viewers to experience appetizing, animal-free meals. Hosting this new series of compassionate contests is none other than PETA’s 2020 Person of the Year, Tabitha Brown.
The show encourages contestants to make gentler choices in the kitchen, while satisfying even the pickiest of palates, and introduces both chefs and viewers to some of the many great vegan options available. What will a chef use for his “bacon and egg” breakfast sandwich? Rather than the flesh of smart, loving pigs singing for their young, they can use ingredients like coconut or seitan. Instead of stealing eggs from a mother hen who teaches her babies to talk while they’re still in the shell, chefs can use things like tofu or chickpeas. No pigs will be slaughtered for meat and no eggs will be stolen from hens for this spectacle – it’s vegan!
Episodes often feature traditionally meat-based cuisines, such as Southern comfort food and game-day fare. More than 300 million sentient chickens are slaughtered for their wings every year just for Super Bowl Sunday. The cooks on It’s CompliPlé Show the world that vegan chicken wings are the best way to enjoy a great game day reunion. Each competition pits four chefs against each other in three sets of culinary challenges that force them to expand their horizons. Each dish is vegan, and each challenge includes a tricky dietary requirement or dietary restriction that must be adhered to. Many competitors are just beginning their vegan journey, and they can all choose which of the many vegan substitutes for cruelly produced ingredients, such as eggs and cheese, they will use.
Making the vegan dish is the easy part. The real challenge is that the meal must not only meet the particular dietary requirements set for the challenge, but also impress the judges of the judging panel. Judges include Maneet Chauhan from the Food Network show Chopped as well as a rotating panel of guest judges. The winner receives a cash prize of $10,000 and the peace of mind of having created a meal that does not involve animal cruelty.
We’re thrilled that Food Network has taken over and put a vegan option on the table. Hopefully this is just the beginning and we’ll see more and more vegan shows on Food Network and elsewhere. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see what delicious dishes the contestants will think of next. Tune It’s CompliPlé on Food Network for inspiration and request PETA’s free vegan starter kit for even more tips on how to eat with compassion.
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