With one in ten Millennials identifying as vegan or vegetarian these days, it’s no secret that the interest in plant-based eating is on the rise — which is why it comes as no surprise that when famed culinary school, Leiths School of Food and Wine, decided to offer its very first vegan cooking course this autumn, the slots filled up in record time. In fact, it entirely sold out!

The lucky students who nabbed a spot in the class will get to learn how to make vegetable stock from scratch, egg-free mayonnaise, broccoli pesto, dairy-free cheese sauce, beet bourguignon, risotto, a quick and easy chickpea curry, tempeh skewers that are spiced with coriander chutney, and last but not least, a chocolate mousse with tahini biscuits.

Luckily, students who missed out will have another chance to enroll in a class this spring, when the school will offer yet another course — and we imagine these plant-based courses will become a mainstay, considering the demonstrated interest!

“We’ve noticed a definite surge in the demand for nutritional knowledge combined with practical cookery skills over the past few years, which led to the launch of our Nutrition in Practice course,” Camilla Schneideman, the managing director of Leiths School of Food and Wine, told Metro.

“Since then, veganism has become increasingly popular in the UK, with restaurants such as Mildred’s, Temple of Seitan and Fed By Water drawing in huge crowds.”

Make Your Own Plant-Based Food

If you aren’t a culinary student at a plant-based school, you can still learn how to make amazing vegan food right in your kitchen. Our Food Monster App has an abundance of different helpful guides to get you started.

If you’re less interested in cooking and more interested in baking, check out our Baking Guide to learn how to concoct the best vegan baked goods.

These 15 Recipes For Homemade Bread That Will Inspire You to Get Baking are sure to present you with your next favorite bread recipe.

We love bread because it can be savory, like this Focaccia With Roma Tomatoes and Onions or sweet, like this Sweet Potato Bread that’s served with agave nectar or maple syrup.

You can be just like the culinary students and make this Broccoli Pesto Pasta by Maya Sozer at home!

When you’re bored of just plain tomato sauce on pasta, this recipe for pesto is an easy way to try something new. This creamy, cheesy broccoli pesto can be made with fresh basil, mint, or any herb of your choice. It’s best served with any kind of pasta with cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs as garnish.

Once you learn how to make the perfect Homemade Vegetable Stock Paste, there’s no stopping you!

Katie Culpin and Josh Bailey‘s recipe makes a great starter for soups, curries, stews, pot pies, and for adding flavor to grains while they cook.

Make sure to check out these 11 Awesome Apps Every Beginner Plant-Based Cook and this guide For the Newbie Plant-Based Eater to help you learn how to meet all your nutrition and taste goals.

We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

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