Chef Tal Ronnen

Tal Ronnen

This Thursday is going to be a busy day for Toronto foodies as the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo rolls into town, Jamie Oliver and the Art of Cooking show, and now celebrity Chef Tal Ronnen is also making an appearance to our fair city.

Join Tal Ronnen for an engaging discussion about how to make delicious vegetarian cuisine. Tal has worked hard to create plant-based dishes that appeal to the masses. Tal has brought Gardein to the mainstream by working with restaurants and having them add it to their menus. He cooked for Oprah during her vegan cleanse and had her praising hummus to millions. His book, The Conscious Cook, has been heralded as revolutionizing the way the world experiences plant-based meals.

Taste a sample of Tal’s amazing food, purchase a copy of The Conscious Cook, or just learn from a man dedicated to creating change.

Date: Thursday November 18th @ 7pm
Location: Lillian H Smith Library – 239 College Street, just east of Spadina
Price: $5
Tal Ronnen Website: HERE

About Tal (from

Tal Ronnen started the nonprofit education organization Veg Advantage in 2004 to help food-service operators integrate vegetarian options into their menus. Tal is a graduate of New York City’s Natural Gourmet Institute and has many years of experience working with food-service manufacturers, distributors and operators. Tal has performed cooking demonstrations on numerous television shows and often works with hotels, including Hyatt and Hilton; schools, including New York University; and corporate dining halls, including America Online’s headquarters and Yahoo!, to assist with vegetarian menu options.

Tal’s approach to vegetarian cuisine is based on classic French techniques, but he’s not afraid to give his dishes a contemporary twist. Tal’s signature dishes include a key lime and avocado cream dessert parfait, Old Bay tofu cakes with vegan horseradish crème and artichoke tortellini with saffron “cream” sauce.

Tal conducts master vegetarian workshops for students and staff at several Le Cordon Bleu-affiliated culinary schools nationwide. He has also worked at the top vegan restaurants in the United States, including Sublime in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Candle 79 in New York City and Madeleine Bistro in Los Angeles. In 2007, Tal assisted rocker Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders in opening her restaurant, VegiTerranean in Akron, Ohio.


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