Natalie Portman Turns Up the Heat on 'Top Chef'

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Posted October 29, 2009 by Rachelle Owen


Did y’all catch last night’s episode of Top Chef? I admit, I do watch from time to time but their dishes are usually pretty, well, flesh-filled, and I can only take so much of that before I start yelling at the screen.

So last night, the always lovely and newly twenty-year vegetarian turned vegan activist Natalie Portman was the guest judge … you can see where this is going, can’t you? (Warning: If you haven’t watched it yet, there are a few spoilers ahead.)

The “Quickfire Challenge” was about creating TV dinners that were inspired by iconic TV shows, and were of course, all meat-based. Then they announced that the “Elimination Challenge” would be at judge Tom Colicchio’s Vegas steakhouse, Craftsteak … yay, more dead animals, right? Wrong!

Enter Ms. Portman who quickly told the anxious chefs, “I love food. I love eating. I’m pretty adventurous with flavors and different cuisines and the one thing is, I’m a vegetarian.” Yes!

Now I won’t give everything away in case some of you haven’t watched the episode (you must though, it’s a good one!) but let’s just say, she taught the chefs a thing or two. And score one for the animals!

P.S. Natalie says that it was an advance copy of Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book Eating Animals that made her go vegan. For me it was all about the cruelty to animals that I learned about by watching videos like Meet Your Meat. What made you decide to stop eating animals or to make the switch from vegetarian to vegan?



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  • 2125 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I’ve loved animals since I was a little kid and never understood why we would eat them, then when I saw how they were treated I went veg instantly.

  • 2126 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I went vegan after doing research online on a variety of sites like peta, mercy for animals, vegan outreach, etc. I always been an animal lover ,so I realized if I really was one I couldn’t be eating animal products and still claim to love them .

  • 2128 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    you go natalie!!!

  • 2129 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I think reading one of Ingrid Newkirks books made me go vegetarian.

  • 2130 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I love Natalie Portman especially for the fact that she is a vegetarian and loves animals so much! It’s awesome to see someone speak up for what she believes in to help the lives of animals! :)

  • 2131 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Watching meet your meat made me change instantly

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