We had the good fortune of connecting with Montel Walker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Montel, what’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?
I would say the two most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make were when my family and I decided to go plant based back in 2017, and move across the country from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to Fort Collins Colorado! Both decisions were a huge change for our us especially with kids. However I/we want to teach our kids not to be afraid of change and doing what you are truly passionate about.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Cooking is my art but starting out at a young age wasn’t easy. It’s very competitive and there can be alot of ego in the kitchen. You have to work hard and fast. To complicate it further I became vegan and was working in non vegan restaurants throughout Pittsburgh. I had to learn the temperatures, seasonings, and be open to a lot of feedback to be able create dishes without eating the food. These challenges though are what led to my success and are what I’m most proud of. I can truly say I have no ego in the kitchen and I am always learning. One of the coolest things about going vegan was basically relearning how to cook everything. It’s put me in a student mind frame and allowed me to push my limits. It also ties into my move to Colorado- pushing my limits and knowing anything is possible!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you are coming to visit me, we are going to eat! We would hit up Old Town and go to FoCo DoCo early for donuts (the vegan ones always sell out), of course Tasty Harmony for lunch, and Lulu’s has awesome vegan options. We definitely have to get outside and enjoy the views as well. Horsetooth Mountain and Arthur’s Rock are two awesome hikes close to home. And last but not least we have to go to Rocky Mountain National Park and hike to Dream Lake. Hands down the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly, my clients are who deserve a shout out. They consistently motivate me to be creative and find new ways for them to fall in love with a plant based lifestyle. Many have felt challenged transitioning to plant based and it pushes me create new ways to replicate their favorite meals.