JaneUnChained’s Vegan Cooking Show Garners 8 Taste Award Nominations

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JaneUnChained, New Day New Chef and Support + Feed Logos

A vegan cooking show that shows up on actual television sets was a recurring fantasy I’d been having ever since I went vegan about 23 years ago, while working as a Los Angeles TV news anchor based out of Paramount Studios in Hollywood.  Soon after making the switch, I ran into a neighbor in Venice, California, who just happened to be a Food Network executive. I wrangled a meeting with him and pitched my heart out. A vegan cooking show is an idea whose time has come, I exclaimed excitedly. He seemed even more excited to get me out of his office.

The Breakthrough Moment that Turned My Fantasy into Reality

Eamonn McCrystal of Inspired

Eamonn McCrystal of Inspired

Flash forward to 2019. A dear friend, the amazing actress Gianna Simone, introduced me to a charming Irishman named Eamonn McCrystal, a well-known former tenor and multi-Emmy-winning all-around talent and show producer with his own production company. I explained my recurring dream to him and he exclaimed, “Well, we can certainly make that happen.” And, we have!!! 

We Did It! 

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Chef Babette Davis and vegan attorney Carissa Kranz with host Jane Velez-Mitchell on the set of New Day New Chef,

JaneUnChained News Network, a 501 c-3- non-profit that promotes the vegan lifestyle, in collaboration with Eamonn McCrystal’s Inspired production company, has produced a vegan cooking series called New Day New Chef. And, now, it’s just gotten 8 Taste Award nominations. 

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The Taste Awards are the premier awards celebrating the year’s best in Food

What Are the Taste Awards? 

The Taste Awards are the premier awards celebrating the year’s best in Food, Fashion, and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, in Streaming.

Click here to Vote for Our People’s Choice Nominations! Scroll to the bottom. It’s the final 2 categories!

Best Filmed at Home Episodes or Film. Vote for New Day New Chef Support + Feed

Best Series Pilot. Vote for New Day New Chef

The New Day New Chef  Blender Dance Becomes A Thing!

 

A Yoga Post on Set of New Day New Chef

Just one of the amazing moments on New Day New Chef, streaming on Amazon’s Prime Video.

For Season One of New Day New Chef, we brought in a diverse group of incredibly talented vegans to co-host and cook in our kitchen-equipped sound stage. We had only one hard and fast rule. You must dance when you turn on the blender!!!  This became a thing and soon vegans everywhere were asking one another, “Will you blender dance with me?” Above, vegan yoga master Andrew Sealy stunned and delighted us with this spontaneous display of vegan-liciousness!

New Day New Chef Season One featured JaneUnChained’s Jane Velez-Mitchell (moi) and NBA legend John Salley, Olympic medalist Dotsie BauschVanderpump Rules star Billie Lee90210‘s Christine EliseAnnabelle Comes Home’s Katie SarifeSpongeBob SquarePants’ Lori Alan and America’s Next Top Model‘s Katie Cleary.

 

New Day New Chef: Support + Feed Edition

New Day New Chef Support + Feed

New Day New Chef Support + Feed featured the amazing Maggie Baird. Her daughter, Billie Eilish, even does a cameo appearance.

Season Two was shot, very carefully, during COVID and featured the incredible work of Support + Feed. S+F was started by actress/vegan activist/artist Maggie Baird, who is the mother of superstars Billie Eilish and Finneas, who both make cameo appearances on our cooking show!  S+F gathers donations, gives them to vegan restaurants, which then make delicious, nutritious food that S + F distributes to those most in need. Among those participating in Season Two are Downton Abbey‘s Lesley NicolFriday’s “Bye Felicia” Angela Means-Kaaya, supermodel Joanna Krupa, Dynasty‘s Elaine Hendrix, CSI‘s Jorja FoxLost‘s Emilie de Ravin, and American Idol announcer Mark Thompson.

Congrats to all on the Taste Award nominations. Also, none of this could have been pulled off without the amazing dedication of JaneUnChained’s wonderful, volunteer staff!! Again, if you like our show, please click here to vote for us in the two People’s Choice Categories, the last two categories at the very bottom of the list! The complete list of our nominations is below. And, consider a donation to our non-profit.

GENERAL CATEGORY TASTE AWARD NOMINEES

Best Reality Series

Cup of Joe
Family Style, Season 2
I’ll Have What You’re Having
Just Eats with Chef JJ
New Day New Chef: Support and Feed Edition
Tastes Like Home – Bringing a recipe from Lusk in Ireland to Sydney Australia
 The Wiseguy Kitchen – The Historic Kapok Tree
What’s On the Menu with Michelle Ullmann, La Baguette De Normandy
 Whats On The Menu With Michelle Ullmann, Pierogies Factory

Best Green or Organic Program, Series or Film

Fresh Up Your Life
MÁS Sano, MÁS Rico
Nardelli al Natural (All natural Nardelli)
New Day New Chef

New Day New Chef: Support and Feed Edition

Best New Series

Agave Road Trip
Catherine’s Farmhouse Kitchen: Quarantine Edition
Chrissy’s Court
Flavor of Poland
Lens of Culture
Modern Pioneering with Georgia Pellegrini
New Day New Chef

Selena + Chef
The Worlds Oldest Restaurant: 300 Year Old Sobrino de Botín
 Valcooks Kitchen
Wines To Find Podcast

Best Health & Fitness Program, Film or Documentary

Eick on a Hike: Best Day Hikes in Lassen Volcanic National Park
 Iron Sharpens Iron
New Day New Chef

New Day New Chef: Support and Feed Edition


The Art of Natural Healing

VIEWERS CHOICE TASTE AWARD NOMINEES

Best Filmed at Home Episodes or Film

America’s Test Kitchen: Boot Camp
Catherine’s Farmhouse Kitchen: Quarantine Edition
 Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Bindi’s Wedding
Eat Travel Rock TV
Family Style, Season 2
Italy In Bocca
Meat and Three
Modern Pioneering with Georgia Pellegrini
New Day New Chef: Support and Feed Edition


Opening Soon
Selena + Chef
The Speakeasy

Best Series Pilot

Catherine’s Farmhouse Kitchen: Quarantine Edition
 Cook Like a Chef
Hard Core
ILLVILLE

Living By Design
Mind Exchange Music Presents: Layne Marie Williams The Adventures of Ms Glitch Live Film Score
Modern Pioneering with Georgia Pellegrini
New Day New Chef

Wolf it Down

Winners will be announced in late April.