Today, prior to Friday’s premiere episode of “How to Live to 100”, this Examiner had the pleasure of speaking with Cooking Channel chef, Jason Wrobel, aka J-Wro. Jason’s new show airs on Cooking Channel on Friday evenings. Check your local listings.
Thanks so much for speaking with me today, Jason and congratulations on your new show! Where are you calling me from?
Jason: I’m home in Los Angeles, and it’s a gorgeous warm day.
I am anxious to see your new show How to Live to 100, and write the recaps for them on Examiner.com.
Jason: Thanks so much, I’m very excited about the new show.
Sounds like a fun show. I will admit; I eat very little meat, but I’m not a vegetarian.
Jason: First is to find healthier substitutions in familiar recipes. Swapping butter for coconut oil, eggs for ground flax seeds and alternatives to dairy products are easier to find nowadays. Cut calories with easy to find ingredients. Major grocery chains carry entire lines of vegan foods.
I see you have been a vegan for 15 years now. What is the biggest obstacle facing someone who would choose to be a vegan? Mine would probably be the smell of bacon.
Jason: Everyone brings up bacon!!! Now it is so integrated into my lifestyle, but they should incorporate more fruits and vegetables. Downloads are available. Friends & family issues are the hardest to overcome. Especially during the holidays, family can be an obstacle. Once I gave them a taste of good recipes, and they found that the taste is there, it is easy to convince them that healthier substitutions are not only better for them, but taste good too.
If someone was to become a vegan; how would you recommend they begin?
Jason: Substitutions and comfort foods are a good place to begin. As a professional chef, I try to match their tastes with foods that are easy to incorporate into their regime.
I watched your blooper reel, and I must admit; you are hysterical and very entertaining.
Jason (laughing): I hope you enjoyed it; we had some good times.
How many tattoos do you have? And are you planning on getting more?
Jason: tattoos are common in chefs nowadays, but they go back to my punk-rock days in Detroit. Right now, I have enough tattoos, but they have become more accepted. Many years ago, they were frowned upon, but now everyone seems to have them.
Is there anything you would like to share with your viewers before the start of the show?
Jason: yes, for a lot of people who are looking for segments of the show, and for some part of the population without televisions. CookingChanneltv.com on the How to live to 100 page will contain lots of recipes and information about the show.
Thanks again, Jason, and I will send you the links on Twitter, when I write about the shows. Happy New Year!
Jason: Oh, there you are on Twitter, that will be just great, and it was my pleasure to speak with you too. Happy New Year to you too!
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