Dave Huffman’s new online cooking show, Bitchy Vegan Homo, finds America’s self-proclaimed best vegan host cooking up a number of vegan dishes by himself and with guests from the vegan community.
“I grew up in a house where my mom was a really awful cook,” joked Huffman, explaining that, with no professional cooking experience, he taught himself to cook by watching cooking shows. He’s now combining his passion for hosting with his 7 years of veganism to create a snarky, conversational guide to cooking plant-based cuisine.
Cleveland-based Huffman said he had always hosted friends and cooked, and his current kitchen is set up in a format that’s perfect for guests to watch him cook in a faux cooking show format. Once, a friend watching him cook told him that he was like a “bitchy vegan homo” – the name stuck.
The playful tone reflects stereotypes that many vegans face from omnivores. Huffman explained that he felt like vegans were always made to feel like the “bitchy” guests at the party, getting a bad rap for being annoying or high-maintenance.
He also spoke about a common ground between gay culture and veganism.
“You have to come out constantly about being vegan, and you also constantly have to come out about being gay,” Huffman said.
In the show’s pilot episode, Huffman demos a vegan mac & cheese recipe with the owner of Cleveland’s Melt Bar & Grilled, Matt Fish. Melt features vegan-friendly options like Wild Tofu “Wings” and a number of plant-based grilled cheese sandwiches.
As a party tip for serving vegan food to non-vegan guests, Huffman advised avoiding “scary” dishes like tofu and serving a vegan version of a familiar comfort food.
“Pick something that’s familiar to omnivores,” he explained.
In the future, Huffman hopes to continue to grow Bitchy Vegan Homo with further guests.
“We might even have my mom on at some point,” joked Huffman.
Huffman became a vegan because of concerns over animal welfare. With Bitchy Vegan Homo, he’s looking for a way to make delicious and healthy plant-based food more appealing to anyone.
“There’s a focus on having a balance between being funny and making food that you can serve to anyone,” he said.
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