Vegan chef Omari McQueen
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Award-winning child entrepreneur and vegan chef Omari McQueen is already a success with his own line of vegan dips. He has now secured a spot on the big screen.

The 12-year-old’s new show What’s Cooking, Omari? airs on CBBC this month.

Becoming a vegan chef

At seven-years-old, Omari developed an interest in cooking.

His mother started teaching him after she developed an illness leaving her unable to serve up dinners for her family.

Omari started eating a plant-based diet after watching a video posted by PETA. Now, he hopes to educate other children about where their food comes from.

“I don’t want animals to die or be eaten so I teach people my age to be vegan”, he said in a mini-documentary.

From YouTube to the big screen

Since becoming a YouTube hit when he filmed himself making a plant-based pizza, Omari developed his own brand ‘Dipalicious’.

He became the youngest award-winning vegan chef in the U.K and has created his first cookbook Omari’s Best Bites. The book will be released next year.

Big plans

Omari recently revealed plans to convince renowned celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay to ditch meat, by cooking up a curried jackfruit dish.

He has also called on the U.K government to remove its requirement to provide meat, fish and dairy from the School Food Standards.

Weekly episodes of his new seven-minute show will air at 9.30 am on Sundays. It aims to inspire a ‘new generation of vegans’.

Emily Baker

Emily Baker

Emily is a journalist based in Devon, where she reports on issues affecting local people from politics to the environment. She has also written features on feminism for Polyester Magazine.