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Sustainable Interpretations: Chefs Look Beyond Traditional Protein Sources

Swapping out a pepperoni pizza or sizzling steak with insects and foraged plants could be a hard sell for most people. However, the key to making our diets more environmentally conscious is blending familiar flavors with unusual ingredients, according to Henry Fischer and Anna Rose Hopkins of Hank and Bean. For their collaboration with artist Marina Zurkow's series, "Making the Best of It: Nimble Food for Climate Chaos,” they design a menu that incorporates jelly fish in various forms, including “chicharron,” and ground crickets in flatbread.

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Transformation

Roy explores the power of cooking to rehabilitate those on the margins of society and the organizations taking a chance on those who need it most. He spends time with Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy and Homegirl Industries, the pioneer of socially minded food enterprises focused on transitioning former gang members from lives on the street to lives in kitchens. Roy also visits Mar Diego, a food entrepreneur who has opened Dough Girl, a pizza shop in the San Fernando Valley employing local kids struggling with drug use and homelessness. Additionally, the episode features L.A.

Access

Roy meets the individuals bringing healthy and affordable food options into South L.A. communities that lack access to fresh food. Roy also visits with vegan grocer Olympia Auset, whose startup Süprmarkt delivers healthy and affordable food to the doorsteps of her community. Finally, Roy visits Earle’s Hot Dogs, a vegetarian hot dog cart that has grown over its 30-year history into a multi-location brick and mortar shop, now a staple of a community hungry for healthier options.

Future

Roy explores future culinary landscapes looking forward to a world affected by climate change. He spends an evening with chefs Henry Fischer and Anna Rose Hopkins from Hank and Bean who make a surprising plant-forward dinner featuring non-traditional protein sources like crickets and jellyfish. Roy also visits with Ethan Brown of Beyond Meat, a company pioneering the plant-based replacements for our favorite burgers and sausages, and Vegan Hooligans, a pop-up restaurant in eastside LA’s Eagle Rock making classic American diner food out of entirely plant-based ingredients.

  • 2020-06-25T05:30:00-07:00
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