Who we are
The Vegan Academy was founded by Joris Schildknecht. He wanted to create a place where he could share his enthusiasm for vegan cooking and baking with others interested in plant-based cooking and baking. When Joris, after years as a vegetarian made the switch to vegan, he wondered how he could take plant-based cooking and baking to the next level. After much reading, brainstorming with other chefs, experimenting and testing, he developed a number of techniques and insights that made it possible to develop fantastic plant-based flavours and textures. Initially, he shared his insights in the Masterclass Vegan Cooking, together with cookbook author Eke Marien. Eventually, this resulted in the creation of the Vegan Academy. At the Vegan Academy, you will find live workshops, online courses, interesting articles and delicious recipes. Our principles are tasty, healthy, sustainable and with respect for everything that lives.
Currently, we continue to work with a team of four to develop new material: recipes, workshops, courses and master classes. For instance, we are having fun “veganising” classics from the culinary tradition. The starting point is that the vegan version should never be inferior to the original. If the result is good enough, you will find it on our recipe page, in a workshop or in a course. We also like to share our knowledge with startups & producers in the food industry, to develop new and tasty vegan products together. You can find more information on our product development page.
From the age of 18, I have been in the kitchen full-time and have never found a single day of it boring. I have worked in pioneering vegetarian restaurants, in French bistros and in Michelin-starred kitchens. After my apprenticeship, I ran my own restaurant and catering company. From the beginning of my cooking career, I have been passionate about vegetables and plant-based preparations as well as pastry. If it is sweet, crunchy, creamy or fruity, it has my interest. What I find unique about pastry is that you can vary endlessly with a limited number of basic ingredients. All my knowledge gained and my cooking enthusiasm comes together here and I am now using it to develop learning materials for the Vegan Academy for you to benefit from.