I first came across Chef Lexx on Instagram. Their vegan charcuterie board caught my eye with its artistry. Lexx was elevating simple, plant-based ingredients to the level of a fine-dining masterpiece. The finesse displayed a skill that hinted at classic culinary training. Yet, the ingredients were all vegan. Immediately, I needed to know more about Chef Lexx.
Like other plant-based chefs, Lexx wasn’t always a vegan. I connect with their story in many ways:
- First, we both said we’d “try vegan for a month”. This month eventually turned into years which has turned into a “never going back”.
- Second, we both strive to shake up the culinary world and our communities by elevating the presentation of plant-based dishes with the artistic skill of trained chefs.
- Third, and perhaps most importantly, we aim to create change with love and openness. When skeptics speak up, we both adopt the “Just taste this” approach. When critics persist, we both know it’s best to walk away and simply be open when someone is ready to think bigger.
Lexx’s food speaks for itself. It is gorgeous and elegant. Free of any animal products, it pushes the
Raised on Gas-Station Lunches
Imagine you’re a seven year-old kid. It’s early in the morning, and you’re getting ready for school. Your single, working parent is preoccupied with her own needs. On the way to school, there’s a quick stop at the gas station. Frantically, a quick, processed, packaged food-like meal would be tossed in your backpack. Later, at lunch, you’d peel back the plastic. The smell of chemical would waft over you. You were to eat this and be grateful.
This was Lexx’s lunch for most of her childhood. Her meals were often “the types of food that never molded”. As a child, meals were an afterthought. It’s no wonder, now, that food is at the forefront of this chef’s thoughts.
Making an Ethical Choice to go Meat-Free
Since childhood, Lexx was an animal-lover. However, they grew up in a community that stressed the importance of eating meat to stay healthy. It wasn’t until they were 21 that they quietly decided to try a vegetarian diet. They connected with another like-minded soul over the welfare of the planet. They also moved to Vancouver and became immersed in a community of health-conscious people. It started with an “I’ll try vegan for a month” approach. That was over 6 years ago.
There’s no going back.
Improvements in Health Since Eating Plant-Based
Going plant-based has not just affected their relationship with animals. Rather, it has also affected them mentally and emotionally. They consistently feel “more balanced,
Physically, Chef Lexx’s weight has found its “healthy normal”. Their skin now radiates with that hallmark plant-based glow.
As a child, Lexx struggled with learning. They faced difficulty focusing in school, a problem that they later linked to diet. It was when they changed their diet, as an adult, that they were able to look back and see the correlation between her poor, highly-processed meals and an inability to concentrate.
On a personal level, even relationships with others have grown much deeper. They’ve connected on a profound level with other vegans. The types of people and conversations they’ve been sharing are fostering a more-connected, genuine community. It is “incredible. I feel a level of depth in my life that was never there before.”
Elevating Plant-Based Cuisine as a Chef
Lexx was always drawn to artistic expression. Empowered with a deeper connection to food, they have pursued this passion to elevate vegan cuisine. They began working in restaurants at age 19. Yet, they left when the type of dishes they were asked to prepare didn’t match vegan values. Lexx signed up for Matthew Kenney’s private academy for plant-based chef certification. This intense program from the highly-respected vegan chef gave Lexx the skills and confidence to begin carving their own path in the plant-based world.
Now, Lexx uses their talents in many avenues. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, they
Their cooking passion intertwines with a love for animals, too. In a heartbeat, Chef Lexx will jump at the chance to donate time and services to The Alice Sanctuary, an animal shelter based in Vancouver. Engaged with their community, they inspire a “gratitude and giving” attitude about sharing gifts. Just following Lexx on Instagram, you will be motivated to become more involved in your own passions.
Pushing the Boundaries With Open Arms
Chef Lexx continues to explore opportunities with plant-based cooking, and they’ve been surprised by the open acceptance. There is an increasing demand for healthier food that nourishes the body while also preserving the planet. People are opening their eyes (and their mouths) to delicious possibilities of a plant-based diet.
As with any change, though, there are always critics. Chef Lexx’s strategy for handling them? Feed them. Let the food speak for itself. If they still want to argue, Lexx learned it’s best to walk away. “I don’t see value in putting all my energy into someone who has their mind made up before they even give something a chance. Anyone with that mindset can live their life and come back to me when they have done their ego work.”
Indeed, this is a good lesson for any teacher. Let us give our energy, our passion, and ourselves to our willing students. Together, we can continue to learn from each other. We grow as a community, bound by a common mission.
Follow Lexx and Get Their Recipes
To see the latest creations in Chef Lexx’s kitchen,
- Firm Tofu Chunks
- Fancy Micro Greens
- Balsamic Vinegar and Salt
- No effort, still tasty, still satisfying
Do you relate to Chef Lexx’s plant-based journey?
Did you grow up eating from gas stations or
How do you handle skeptics or critics? Do you welcome their questions and wait, with open arms, until they open their minds.
Do you view food as art? Do you find joy in expressing yourself through beautiful, crafted dishes?
Maybe you’re 100% on the plant-based, whole foods vegan track. Or, maybe you’re still trying to find what works best for you and your life. Please share your comments below: Your struggles, your successes, and what resonates with you.
Chef Lexx prefers to be described with the pronouns “they/them”. I had to update my grammar and learn about nonbinary gender pronouns. To learn more, read this helpful article from the University of Minnesota.
The world is always growing and changing.