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Erica Stephens

I want to win $25,000 so I can help those in my community transform their lifestyle and consume less meat.

     

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Who or what inspires you to cook?

My children and my community inspire me to cook. My daughter was ill and my transformation from eating meat to vegan was because of her. My other daughter is in culinary school and she always fascinated me with what she learns. It helped me to prepare alternative dishes on a whim in checking out what she makes each week and veganizing it. My community with their encouragement and love of my food inspire me to continue to change their worlds one plate at a time.

What's your all time favorite dish to make?

I have a ton of favorite dishes. Definitely Chicken Paprikash is one of my favorites as it reminds me of sitting in my grandma’s home and enjoying some smothered chicken. It is not made with actual chicken, but you wouldn’t notice it. I use a vegan meat alternative that I make from mushrooms. It hits the spot every time!

What would you do with the $25,000?

I would expand my operations of my food trailer business and obtain another trailer as demand is picking up and having to tell events we cannot attend is heartbreaking to us. It would indeed help my daughter and I to increase exposure as we can be in multiple locations at one time. Which would mean that we can help more families and individuals with their transformation to a complete vegan life style or at least to assist them in minimizing meat consumption for better health.

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