The Good Food Hero for March is my favourite vegan chef – Doug McNish. I first met Chef Doug McNish when I just started GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD and was looking to rent a kitchen and Doug was renting his basement kitchen. We were side by side serving health food enthusiasts at the RiseTO event last year and have also met several times at Toronto farmer’s markets. I always admired the food Doug makes and his passion for making healthy food delicious! I chose to write about Doug as the “Good Food Hero” for his insatiable desire to make a difference and inspire people to eat good healthy food. Through his cook books, cooking classes and restaurant Doug has been inspiring people to eat healthy plant based food.
Chef Doug McNish, author of 3 fabulous cookbooks and creator of the Public Kitchen is on a mission to alter the stigma that healthy food doesn’t taste good. At his public kitchen on Marlee Avenue in Toronto he creates food for everyone that is not only delicious but is healthy, organic, vegan and allergen free. He uses the best ingredients possible and creates flavourful meals with healthy fats and carbs. He uses absolutely no refined carbs, sugar or fats in his cooking.You can also find Chef Doug McNish at the Brickworks on Saturdays for a delicious vegan brunch.
Doug started his personal journey to a healthier life in his early twenties after realizing that he was overweight at 270lbs. Doug started eating healthier and living a more active lifestyle. The positive difference that he felt in himself after making the changes inspired him to help spark change in others.
Doug is ready to release his third cookbook- “Vegan Everyday” it is a compilation of more than 500 vegan and gluten free recipes. He is also working on building his Public Kitchen to serve as a retail and restaurant destination for delicious healthy meals. Doug envisions a future where more businesses are creating real food, supporting farmers who work really hard to grow the food.
I had such a wonderful time talking to Doug at his kitchen, getting to know him better and understand where and how it started. He is not only an amazing chef and a change maker but also an incredible and compassionate person. I only wish the best for him from the bottom of my heart. I would highly recommend visiting his Public Kitchen for brunch or weekend diners, his food will certainly convince you to start eating healthy.
Public Kitchen: 561 Marlee Ave, Toronto, ON M6B 3J6