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Eat For The Planet features conversations with food industry leaders, health and sustainability experts, as well as entrepreneurs and creative minds who are redefining the future of food.

Eat For The Planet with Nil Zacharias W!ZARD Studios

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 22 Ratings

Eat For The Planet features conversations with food industry leaders, health and sustainability experts, as well as entrepreneurs and creative minds who are redefining the future of food.

    #174 - Alexis Gauthier: A Michelin-Starred French Chef Embraces Vegan Food

    #174 - Alexis Gauthier: A Michelin-Starred French Chef Embraces Vegan Food

    Alexis Gauthier is a multi-award-winning French chef and successful London restaurateur. In 2016 he became vegan, and in 2021 he removed all animal products from his restaurant menus entirely. From Avignon, in the south of France, Alexis began his career in the grand hotels of Nice and Monaco, under the eye of Chef Alain Ducasse. It was there he first began to form his fundamental cooking style, a light and uncomplicated celebration of the best seasonal produce, often led by fruits and vegetables, chosen instinctively and prepared intuitively. Opening Gauthier Soho in 2010, Alexis knew from the very beginning that vegetables would be a main focus, and made his vegetable menu stand shoulder to shoulder with the then classic gout du jour menu. In 2016, Alexis himself became vegan, and announced he was planning to turn the entire restaurant plant-based. In 2021, this became a reality, and Gauthier Soho became the first classical French fine-dining vegan restaurant in the world. He recently opened the more casual 123V restaurant - also 100% vegan - in London’s Mayfair. Alexis is now a regular speaker at debates and discussions and is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of deliciousness using an animal free canvas.
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    #173 - Victory Hemp Foods: Developing Super-Nutritious Plant-Based Ingredients

    #173 - Victory Hemp Foods: Developing Super-Nutritious Plant-Based Ingredients

    Chad Rosen is the Founder & CEO of Victory Hemp Foods, a business-to-business primary food ingredient processing company that develops innovative technology to manufacture hemp grain into premier proteins and healthy fats for applications in food and beverage, skincare and cosmetics, and nutritional supplements. Victory Hemp Foods won the 2020 Hemp Innovation Challenge at the World Ag Expo® in Tulare, CA for the development of two proprietary ingredients, V-70 Hemp Heart Protein and V-ONE® Hemp Heart Oil. In addition to leading his company’s growth over the past six years, Chad has worked as an industry-wide advocate within the U.S. hemp grain supply chain and market and is dedicated to developing hemp grain as a significant and positive addition to American agriculture.
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    #172 - Chef Palak Patel: Inspiring Change with Good Food

    #172 - Chef Palak Patel: Inspiring Change with Good Food

    This episode is co-hosted by Ben Davis, Content Chair​ and Strategic Advisor of Plant Based World Expo and was produced in collaboration with Plant Based World Expo.
    Palak Patel is a classically trained chef, Host, Atlanta restaurant owner, and two time food network champion winner of Food Network’s famed shows Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay. Her new cookbook INVITED: Recipes for Joy and Connection debuts (Spring 24) with Harper Collins. She was a finalist on Food Network Star season 14. Most recently Palak hosted and produced a 5 episode digital series with Food Network called The Diwali Menu and appeared as a guest judge on Food Network’s newest competition series, Money Hungry. A TEDx speaker and chef at the Institute of Culinary Education, Palak has partnered with many high-profile brands like Microsoft, Sakara, BMW, Barclays and Clif Bar. She’s made on-camera appearances on the TODAY show, Food52 digital and Good Day Atlanta. Chef Patel was featured in an article entitled “The Women Of The Restaurant Industry Speak Out About Their Pandemic Experience” in Forbes. She was also featured in Huffington Post, People, Women’s Health, Thrive Global, Mashable, Epicurious, Bon Appetit, Los Angeles Times, India Abroad, and made the cover of Atlanta’s Simply Buckhead magazine as a rising star to watch in 2021 and beyond.
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    #171 - Sonalie Figueiras on Food Culture, Food Tech, and Systems Change

    #171 - Sonalie Figueiras on Food Culture, Food Tech, and Systems Change

    Serial social entrepreneur & trends forecaster Sonalie Figueiras is the founder & editor-in-chief of Green Queen, an award-winning impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change through inspiring & empowering original content and one of the world's leading outlets for alternative protein news. Green Queen is APAC's largest sustainability media as counted by website views. She is also the founder & CEO of Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products and the co-founder & CEO of SourceGreenPackaging.com, the world's first global marketplace for sustainable packaging with a mission to fight single-use plastic waste (pre-seed funded in May 2021). With over a decade of experience in publishing, digital marketing, organic trade, sustainability, alternative proteins and green packaging, she is an eco wellness industry veteran with a keen eye for market trends and a sought-after international speaker and moderator, sharing her expertise on stages across Asia and beyond, including Harvard Business School and two times at TEDx. Further, Sonalie is a venture partner at APAC alt protein fund Better Bite Ventures and operating advisor at European food tech fund Trellis Road. She is a global advisor at Social Ventures Hong Kong, an Impact Purpose Organisation committed to re-imagining Hong Kong as a purpose-driven city, an advisor at The Remedy Project, which revolutionises access to justice for migrant workers globally, a cause close to her heart, and she is an avid home cook and published cookbook author.

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    #170 - Pleese Foods: Authentic NYC-Style Pizza Cheese That’s Plant-Based and Allergen-Free

    #170 - Pleese Foods: Authentic NYC-Style Pizza Cheese That’s Plant-Based and Allergen-Free

    Kobi Regev is a passionate New Yorker who happens to be vegan. Over the past 5 years he has become an expert in the development and production of plant based cheese.
    Together with his wife Abev, they switched to a plant-based diet in 2014, and the one thing we missed more than anything else was grabbing a slice of pizza from their favorite restaurants. 
    As New Yorkers, they couldn't find any cheese alternatives able to replicate the authentic New York pizza experience. So, they decided to do something about it, and Pleese Foods was born.
    The mission? To make the most delicious and functional plant-based alternative to dairy cheese that meets the perfect trifecta of taste, texture and melt. Pleese Foods products are all natural, vegan, kosher and perfect for people avoiding dairy, soy or nuts due to allergies or dietary restrictions.
    Pleese® has been tested and approved by the harshest food critics, picky eaters and kids from all age groups. Both Kobi and Abev are beyond grateful to everyone that helped and supported them taking their passion for making amazing vegan pizzas at home and turn it into a national distributed product.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    #169 - Target’s Inclusive and Interconnected Approach to Plant-Based

    #169 - Target’s Inclusive and Interconnected Approach to Plant-Based

    Le’Spencer Walker is Director of the Merchandising Vendor Development (MVD) team and lends his skills and leads in many areas at Target. Currently leading a team that identifies, develops and on-boards women and minority owned brands aligned to Target strategies. Over his 12 years at Target, he made and continues to make a conscientious effort to align his work with his passions through education with storytelling, creating authentic products, leveraging research to amplify strategy, building tools & resources for small minority owned businesses to help them succeed, and bring joy to all. He designed & developed 1000+ products with 7 patents, co-led the Target Owned Brand team communications strategy, former member of the Black History Month enterprise assortment team, and former chairman of The SQUAD - Target’s Owned Brand team engagement committee. A Jackson Mississippi native who resides in Minneapolis with his wife Lauren and two little ones. Purpose and family drives him; “purpose driven people, lead purpose driven lives and, when we look back, did we do our best?... Because that’s what matters”
    Topics Covered

    Le’Spencer’s current role at Target.

    Target’s approach to partners and building a more inclusive and diverse product set and supplier base.

    Culture and lifestyle changes driving food trends at Target.

    Target’s approach to the plant-based food category.

    Plant-based categories that are showing the most potential.

    Target’s long term view on plant-based food and sustainability.

    Why Le’Spencer is excited about speaking at and attending Plant Based World Expo 2022 in September.


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

AnimZiggy ,

Eye opening esp episode 131

I didn’t know about the packaging issue - it is mental. Diversity and localisation is the way forward!

Apart from that I have been listening this show for about a year or so and I love the variety of interviews and every time I learn something new about sustainability, food and our plant.

Please keep up the good work!

Cathswiss22 ,

the best

This is my fovourite podcast by far. I wish everybody would listen and subscribe! :)

Mimi Winters ,

Wonderful interviews!!

I really love this podcast. Great in-depth interviews with the heroes of plant- based eating, from investors, chefs, to founders of businesses. Fantastic selection of interviewees.

Highly recommend!

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