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Jonathan Charbonneau

Well, I've come from not knowing what cumin was until I was 26, to a point where I'm writing and testing delish vegetarian recipes :)

     

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Who or what inspires you to cook?

As someone who came from having absolutely no skills whatsoever, I've been open to taking inspiration from anyone and anything along the way. I've been religiously watching the Food Network, TLN, and other cooking networks for years, learning new methods, ingredients, and recipes . I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of learning to cook and create, and also, especially love turning meat based dishes in to vegetarian delights to demonstrate that eating vegetarian isn't difficult, or bland.

What's your all time favorite dish to make?

I'm a big fan of anything that's baked and bubbly. Cabbage rolls, Shepherd's Pies, Casseroles. I have a lot of love for hearty, comforting eats. My absolute favourite dish to make is a Southern Style Mac & Cheese. I mean c'mon, who doesn't love a bubbly, cheesy baked mac in any variation?

What would you do with the $25,000?

Oh gosh, I'd definitely update my knife set with something a bit more professional lol and then I'd definitely take a trip somewhere where vegetarian cuisine is reputably abundant. India would be a fabulous trip with all of its delicious vegetarian options in every region. I just want to travel, see some beautiful spots, and eat some banging food!

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