I’m Marie Gonzalez, owner and chief vegetable whisperer of Kitchen Revolution. I believe that the Philippines is ready for whole foods, plant-based cuisine. My job is to make it look and taste sexy and bring it out to the limelight.
I started Kitchen Revolution in 2008 when I was a new-born vegan and found myself in a conundrum: where can I find yummy, plant-based food in Manila? Unfortunately (or fortunately), in my own kitchen. Disappointed with lackluster vegetarian options offered in local food establishments, I launched Kitchen Revolution as the Philippines’ first vegan baking business because I realized that if I craved for cake, I’d have to bake it myself. I worked for the corporate world by day and frosted desserts by night. After a year and a half of this tango, I finally hiked up my pants, temporarily closed the business, and went to culinary school.
I love cooking for my carnivorous family and friends and seeing their look of amazement when they take a bite of my food and exclaim, “This is amazing, I can’t believe this is vegan!” Through Kitchen Revolution, I hope to inspire people to make healthier and compassionate food choices and to demystify vegetables in the Philippines.
I earned my culinary degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, a health-supportive classical culinary school based in New York City. I trained at Pure Food and Wine (a raw vegan restaurant) and Dirt Candy (a vegetarian restaurant), both in New York. Apart from my culinary education, I have a BA in Communication Arts and a BS in Marketing Management from De La Salle University. I also completed Cornell University’s Plant-Based Nutrition program based on Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study.
A sought-after and inspiring teacher on vegetarian cooking, I have appeared on the ABS-CBN News Channel’s Green Living, GMA News TV’s Mars, TV5’s Good Morning Club, and Studio 23’s Urban Myx.
I have been featured in or written for the Philippine Star, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the following magazines: Sunday Inquirer, Appetite, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Southern Living, and Zen Health. I am also a regular columnist for Yummy Magazine.