In this episode I interview Fran Costigan – aka The Queen of Vegan Desserts! The native New Yorker is an internationally renowned chef, culinary instructor and cookbook author.
Professionally trained, Fran was a chef in both traditional and vegan pastry kitchens before moving into teaching over 20 years ago.
Since then she’s instructed home cooks and professionals in the art of transforming traditional desserts into luscious cholesterol-free vegan versions that satisfy all dietary preferences.
Her lively classes include the unique in the world, Costigan Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive in New York and Fran recently joined Rouxbe Cooking School as Director of Vegan Baking and Pastry where she’s able to reach even bigger audiences through her online classes with the school.
An advisory board member of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods, Vegan Trade Council and Main Street Vegan Academy, Fran is a professional member of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, International Association of Culinary Professionals, and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.
She is the author of Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts which has one of the most enticing covers I’ve ever seen on a cookbook! And More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally.
In this interview Fran talks about:
• How to leverage your skills and platforms to reach a broader audience
• The importance of networking in non-vegan circles as well as vegan ones
• Places where you can teach classes that many people don’t think of
• Turning challenges into opportunities by taking a positive attitude
• And much more
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