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A 12-year-old vegan entrepreneur and chef has revealed the meal he would cook to persuade his hero Gordon Ramsay to go plant-based.

Omari McQueen is the CEO and founder of Dipalicious dips as well as author of upcoming Omari McQueen’s Best Bites Cookbook.

He made the comments in a recent interview with Grub Street – titled Can a 12-Year-Old Convince You to Go Vegan?.

Culinary hero

According to the article, McQueen dreams of meeting Ramsay – who he says is his culinary hero.

Asked ‘what he’d cook for Ramsay if he had just one chance to turn him vegan’, McQueen replied curried jackfruit, and rum-raisin ice-cream for dessert (‘if he drinks’).

Book

While McQueen’s profile is already high within the vegan community due to everything he has already achieved, the upcoming release of his cookbook will expose him to a bigger audience.

Announcing his book, publishing manager Leah James, who acquired world rights for McQueen’s book from Oscar Janson-Smith at Kruger Crowne, said: “Omari McQueen is inspirational. At just 12 years old, he has achieved so much.

“His passion for food and cooking is irresistible. Children everywhere have been busy learning to cook during lockdown; we can’t wait for Omari to share his recipes, tips, and enthusiasm with a generation of children and their families.”

‘Love, support, and encouragement’

McQueen himself said: “I am so excited to announce that my first published book will be out in January. I would like to thank everyone for all your love, support, and encouragement.

“I would also like to say thank you to the one and only @oscarjansonsmith. You have had my back for years, you believed in me from the beginning and @krugercowne @scholastic_uk for giving me a chance to share my passion to the world. The cupcakes did it for me.

“Mummy and Daddy, you’re the best a boy like me could have. Thank you to my siblings and family for being you – perfect.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.