I was under the impression that Bourdain hated vegans with a passion, but clearly he couldn’t resist the spell cast by The “Vegan Black Metal Chef” (Brian Manowitz), who will appear on No Reservations, Mon Dec 12th at 10pm e/p!

So what is the lesson we can learn from Brian? Perhaps it’s that viewers of mainstream media don’t want earnest, wholesome, do-gooder, hippy-dippy, feel-good veganism massaged in their faces. Yawn. Brian uses some awesome marketing skills, and some genuine cooking and music skills, and has captured the attention of millions of YouTube fans and respected press from Time and Wired Magazines to the Washington Post, and now one of the mist popular cooking shows. All in a year or so. Thanks for being a leader, Brian.

Brian was photographed by Bob Croslin for Time Magazine back in August:

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