Show 36, July 20, 2013: Celebrity Chef and Cookbook Author, Tal Ronnen

Tal Ronnen of Crossroads KitchenWe first met Chef Tal Ronnen on the show last month. He refreshingly creates tasty plant-based fare without a heavy political agenda. His newest restaurant is the fine-dining Crossroads in West Hollywood. He’s also the author of the New York Times’-bestseller, The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat.

A few years back casino mogul Steve Wynn brought Tal in to Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas to create vegetarian items for all his restaurants. Tal discussed that highly unusual experience and what it was like to work with incredibly demanding celebrity chefs who were responsible for overseeing those signature restaurants.

Crossroads has just added lunch service on weekdays. The specialty is European-style sandwiches built around Chef Tal’s just-introduced line of Kite Hill vegan cheese. Also available at the counter are marinara and Bolognese sauce and Ronnen’s Kite Hill cheeses.