A vegan cooking competition show is finally hitting Food Network and its host, Tabitha Brown, is everyone’s favorite vegan foodie. Called It’s CompliPlated, the show is built around the premise that cooking should be inclusive of everyone at the table. As such, each episode will feature four chefs who will be tasked with creating plant-based dishes for celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan and rotating guest judges who have various dietary restrictions.
“It’s CompliPlated reflects what it’s actually like to make a meal the whole family will love—it’s not easy to make one dish for everyone and this series makes it fun,” Jane Latman, President, Home & Food Content and Streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery (Food Network’s parent company), said in a statement. “Tabitha Brown’s energy, sense of humor and real-life journey to becoming vegan make her the perfect host to take us on this adventure.”
Some concepts featured on the series will include a feast with Southern hospitality, gluten-free noodles, and an Instagram-worthy fruit-and-vegetable feast. “Becoming vegan changed my life and the way I cook—and I know folks can relate to the daily challenge of making the whole family happy with one meal, so we decided to make a game of it,” Brown said in a statement. “These chefs cook from the heart and their food is mind-blowing—viewers are sure to have a blast and be inspired for their next family dinner.”
Brown took to social media to share the news of Food Network’s first vegan cooking show with her millions of fans. “This show is about to change the way we all see food,” Brown posted on Instagram. “It’s for everyone and I can’t wait to take you all on the journey with me.” It’s CompliPlated is slated to air on the Food Network on August 11, 2022 at 10pm ET.
Tabitha Brown brings vegan cooking to television
While Brown found social media fame from a video she posted in 2018 of herself enjoying a TTLA (tempeh bacon, tomato, lettuce, and avocado) sandwich in her car, the North Carolina–born influencer has been working in the entertainment industry as an actress and comedian for years. Brown has parlayed her newfound social media fame into multiple projects, including several television shows.
In 2020, Brown’s All Love web series debuted on the Ellen Digital Network. While it ran for two seasons, All Love gave viewers a taste of Brown’s advice on cooking, parenting, social media, and self-care. The vegan star is also part of the The Chi family and made her debut appearance in the fourth season of the Lena Waithe-produced Showtime series.
On top of all of these shows, Brown is becoming a major influencer for younger audiences, as well, through her popular Tab Time YouTube Original show. This show is currently in its second season which includes 10 episodes, released every week on the Tabitha Brown YouTube page and YouTube Kids App. Each 22-minute-long episode follows Brown as she interacts with various characters and engages in activities with kids, all to help young audiences learn about important life lessons such as self-care and healthy eating habits.
Tabitha Brown is unstoppable
With her soothing voice, sage advice, and hilarious catchphrases, Brown is quickly winning the hearts and minds of the nation with a steady stream of projects that speak to her audiences on different levels while fulfilling her own passions.
This month, Brown shared her lifelong dream of designing a fashion line with the world through a Target collaboration that found instant success both in-store and online. The first collection dropped with 75 summer items such as towels, beach bags, coverups, swimsuits, t-shirts, and dresses, all made in vibrant patterns and prints. Target will release three additional Tabitha Brown collections this year.
Brown also worked with seasoning brand McCormick to develop her Sunshine Seasoning. The limited launch of this seasoning sold out immediately last year, inspiring McCormick to bring Sunshine Seasoning to stores in a wider rollout this month to fill demand. She is also incorporating the seasoning into specials at Kale My Name, a restaurant she brought to the Los Angeles area after visiting its flagship in Chicago, IL.
The mother of two is also a New York Times best-selling author with her first inspirational book Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business). In October, fans will be able to purchase Brown’s first cookbook Cooking from the Spirit, which captures Brown’s shoot-from-the-hip cooking style and plant-based recipes fans grew to love during the Facebook Live videos she made earlier in her career.
As Facebook Live fans know, Brown’s hair has a name, Donna, and Donna has a business called Donna’s Recipe, a haircare brand Brown crafted to help others achieve their hair goals.
This business is personal to Brown, who often straightened her naturally curly hair and suppressed her Southern accent to fit into a certain mold as a Hollywood actress. To advocate for equality for others who have experienced discrimination due to their natural hair, Brown is a spokesperson for The CROWN Act—legislation aimed at ending this type of discrimination on a national level—which she promoted in a Dove campaign that aired at the recent BET Awards.
Now, Brown is living a life that is true to herself and sharing it with others through her myriad projects, including the first vegan Food Network show where her veganism, hair, and distinct Southern accent will help a wider audience understand the importance of authenticity.
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