Meatless Monday Inspiration: The Vegan Black Metal Chef

Have any of you heard of this guy? His real name is Brian Manowitz—and according to the Washington Post he’s just a nice Jewish boy from Florida who somehow took a wrong turn on the road to becoming a neuroscientist. Instead he morphed into a no-meat-cooking-heavy-metal-makeup-wearing phenomenon. The first installment of his Vegan Black Metal Chef show on YouTube, where he instructs how to make paid thai, through song and snarls, already has well over a million views. From the Post interview:

He had tried making vegetarian cooking videos before, but they never really went anywhere — there was just too much other food-related stuff out there, clogging up the arteries of the Internet.

There was not, however, other stuff out there that involved custom-made rubber body armor and blast beat drumming.

It goes on:

Note the utter appropriateness of this combination. There is no group of people who are so intent on protecting their bodies from the influences of a herd-mentality society as vegans — except black metal fans. There is no group of people who are as indignantly self-righteous, as comically misunderstood or as regularly mocked as black metal fans — unless it is vegans.

Kinda true! While black metal makes my head hurt, if Mr. Vegan Black Metal Chef is getting more people to try meatless meals with this gimmick, we’re all for it. In case you need a reminder of why it’s so important for everyone to cut back on meat, read this great piece from GOOD: You Can’t Be an Environmentalist and Eat Factory-Farmed Meat.

As the world population grows, and developing nations get richer, meat consumption is poised to wreak even more havoc on the planet—it’s simply not sustainable. Have environmental concerns played a role in your meat consumption?

4 Responses to “Meatless Monday Inspiration: The Vegan Black Metal Chef”
  1. Rebecca says:

    Environmental concerns definitely play a role in my personal eating choices and the choices I make for my family. I’m vegan for health reasons primarily, but I also figure me eating vegan contributes positively to the world, canceling out someone eating the factory farmed stuff. My family is not vegan, and I occasionally buy sustainably raised meat or dairy products for them. It’s harder when eating out, I’m sure there are times my husband and son eat animal products at a restaurant that wouldn’t meet the standards I aspire to.

    There’s also a food justice issue here: more people can be fed if people eat vegan or at least decrease animal products. The amount of land it takes to raise vegan food is much less than what it takes to feed a non-vegan. Don’t have the figures off the top of my head, but it’s significant. That all translates back to the impact on the environment, too.

  2. Aster says:

    I love him!

  3. Is this the same guy from Heavy Metal Vegan Kitchen?

  4. Letitia says:

    I’m in agreement with the negative impact of factory-farmed anything, but, when I read this type of post, I always wonder if vegan v. factory-farming is a false choice. Just like vegetarian is a little more toward the middle than vegan, there are eco-friendly alternatives to factory farming that don’t require you to stop eating meat. Family farms that sell locally are not the darling of the USDA, but they should be the darling of people who are concerned about the environmental impact of meat. A smaller farm that sells locally has the potential to make vastly different choices in their management strategies. While not all small farms are “green” any more than all “eco” beauty products are truly green, I just wanted to mention that non-factory farmed meat should enter the discussion too. The different species of animals that have been involved in domestication for thousands of years won’t disappear, benefit, or be environmentally neutral if they aren’t eaten. Domestication is a mutually-beneficial arrangement, and we require each other in some way, shape or form. From my personal experience, I can say that owning a few backyard chickens for the past three years has eliminated my need for chemical weed killers, insecticides, chemical fertilizers, gas-powered tillers, a garbage disposal/twice weekly bags of garbage, and styrofoam egg crates–all things that have a negative environmental impact–and which is replaced by an positive alternative provided by the chickens. In return, the chickens are protected from predation, have more young more successfully than in the wild, have medical care when needed, are protected from harsh environmental changes, and live longer than wild chickens. When we’re all wrestling with these complex questions, just wanted to throw that out there. As if it wasn’t murky enough!

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