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Posted January 29, 2010 by Rachelle Owen

If you read this blog, you know a few things—two of them being that we really love people who help animals and that we’re slightly obsessed with food. You can imagine how excited we were when we received an e-mail from the mom of a 13-year-old girl from Pennsylvania who not only is vegetarian (saving more than 100 animals a year just by not eating them!) but also has her own cooking show on YouTube called, “The Veggie Chef.”

From her kitchen, Kelsey O’Callaghan (you might remember her from last month’s vegan eggnog blog!) is inspiring countless people around the world with her compassionate (not to mention Earth-friendly and healthy) vegetarian and vegan dishes. peta2 is so excited to give Kelsey a peta2 Compassionate Kid Award this week for all her work for animals suffering on factory farms.

We took some time last week to ask Kelsey some questions—check her out!



What inspired you to go vegetarian?
I was inspired to become a vegetarian when I was 7 after trying a hamburger and not liking the taste. I continued to eat chickens and fish until I saw the video of a slaughterhouse on your Web site. I was horrified and disgusted. I still cannot believe people would do that to animals!

What inspired you to start “The Veggie Chef”?
I was inspired to create my own cooking show when I was on YouTube one day and noticed that there were not many vegetarian chefs, let alone any teen ones! So from that day forward, I had a desire to teach people how to cook vegetarian and mostly vegan!

What’s your favorite vegan dish to cook?
It’s hard to choose a favorite! I think it would have to be either a big vegetable stir fry with liquid amino acids or a tofu vegan lasagna! They are both so good, I can’t choose!

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You can check out Kelsey’s YouTube page here! Right now, she’s featuring delish vegan sushi, and a recipe for vegan mashed cauliflower and gravy! Yum!

Thanks, Kelsey, for being a voice for the billions of animals who need help and for promoting compassion toward all beings!
Stay loud!
-Rachel
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  • 2004 days ago

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    Wow….I’m impressed! This girl ROCKS!

  • 2004 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    you are so lucky you can go vegetarian. my parents don’t let me but i at least tried it for 2 months and after i started eating meat, it tasted like nothing to me, just tasteless.

  • 2005 days ago

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    Go Kelsey! Your awesome! Keep up the good work! :)

  • 2005 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great job Kelsey.
    Just suscribed to your Youtube channel.
    Greetings from Chile!

  • 2005 days ago

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    Woohoo! Awesome job, Kelsey. Just watched one of your shows…made me super hungry.
    Thanks for promoting healthy, creative and compassionate eating.

  • 2007 days ago

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    Kelsey, you RAWK!

  • 2007 days ago

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    I am so impressed with Kelsey & her Veggie Chef youtube videos! Keep up the great cooking, Kelsey! More people need to hear about the importance of a vegan/vegetarian diet…health-wise & for saving animals from the atrocities that go on in slaughter houses.

  • 2008 days ago

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    I’m so proud of you Kels. You’re at the beginning of a great journey and you can achieve whatever you put your mind and effort into.

  • 2008 days ago

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    Great job Kelsey!

  • 2008 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Kelsey,
    Keep up the great work with “The Veggie Chef” You’re sure to give Rachel Ray a run for her money and probably take her place real soon on the networks!!!!!! Congratulations on your new career.

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