DiscoverPLANTSTRONGEp. 141: Chef Stephanie Michalak White - School is in Session with this Rockstar Plant-Based Chef
Ep. 141: Chef Stephanie Michalak White - School is in Session with this Rockstar Plant-Based Chef

Ep. 141: Chef Stephanie Michalak White - School is in Session with this Rockstar Plant-Based Chef

Update: 2022-04-28
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One of our favorite quotes on the PLANTSTRONG team is, “It’s the Food, It’s the Food. It’s the Food!” 

Well, today, it really is all about the food with guest, Chef Stephanie Michalak White - Lead Chef Instructor of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts Plant-Based Degree Program. 

From an early age, Stephanie was inspired and motivated to make a difference in the food industry. She's worked in a variety of establishments, including small businesses, pop-ups, catering, and farm-to-table restaurants.

Not only is she passionate about cooking plantstrong food, but she’s also equally passionate about sustainability, ending food insecurities, and optimizing self-care - which are things we at PLANTSTRONG care deeply about.

Today, she shares with us some of her favorite grains, green leafies, veggies, must-have tools, and appliances for any kitchen, and she even shares a special recipe for her sweet potato brownies!

It’s a fun foodie chat with one of the most sought-after chefs and culinary instructors in the plant-based space.

Episode Timestamps

04:15 Welcome to Stephanie and the origins of her unique maiden name

06:05 How her love of plants started with her grandparents

09:45 When and why Stephanie was motivated to become vegan

19:08 Chef Stephanie’s area of focus on food insecurities in higher education

24:50 How she landed at Escoffier and the genesis of their plant-based culinary program?

26:55 How are the online courses being received and the many benefits of online education

29:08 Diversity of demographics at Escoffier and the plant-based program

30:11 Who was Auguste Escoffier? Father of Modern Cooking - History of the School of Culinary Arts

32:22 Why do people become chefs?

36:20 Chef Stephanie’s recommendations on basic cooking utensils for every kitchen

39:40 Stephanie gives Rip eggplant-inspired ideas (his least-favorite veg!)

42:41 Favorite squashes, rice, grains, and leafy greens

51:50 How would Chef Stephanie cook for firefighters?

54:00 Stephanie’s Sweet-Potato brownie recipe

56:10 Mango love and how best to cut and peel those tough fruits

59:45 Making Stephanie choose between chicken, cheese, or eggs!

1:01:57 How to keep plant-based food economical

1:05:00 Reducing excessive amounts of sodium in cooking

1:10:10 Favorite sweeteners and sugars for baking and cooking

 

Episode Resources

Watch the Episode on YouTube

PLANTSTRONG Podcast Episode Page

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

Email for Chef Stephanie: smichalak@staff.escoffier.edu

Chef Stephanie's Sweet Potato Brownie Recipe

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Promo Music: Your Love by Atch
License: Creative Commons License - Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

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Ep. 141: Chef Stephanie Michalak White - School is in Session with this Rockstar Plant-Based Chef

Ep. 141: Chef Stephanie Michalak White - School is in Session with this Rockstar Plant-Based Chef

Rip Esselstyn and Stephanie Michalak White