Winners Announced for the 2024 Bloomington Vegan Chef Challenge

Bloomington Vegan Chef Challenge January 2024

Information provided to Eat Local by Vegan

February 15th, 2024 – ​​The month-long Bloomington Vegan Chef Challenge wrapped up and the vote results are in from residents who dined at the participating restaurants!

392 people voted for chefs and dishes at the 15 participating businesses. There were also 13 “super voters—” diners who ate at 3 or more Vegan Chef Challenge restaurants last January and assisted with selecting special award categories. Voters were vegan, vegetarian, and meat-eaters. Their dining support enabled us to honor some wonderful local chefs!

Vegans want more options, and restaurants want more customers—making the challenge a win-win. Former chef, Alex Bury points out, “If a group of friends is planning a dinner out on the town, and one of them is vegan, the entire group will skip a restaurant without good vegan options.” 

Photos celebrating the chefs and their award-winning dishes can be found on our @VeganChefChallengeMW pages. The website for the Bloomington Vegan Chef Challenge can be found here:

The Vegan Chef Challenge invites diners to explore the many benefits of a plant-based diet by signing up for the free 10 Weeks to Vegan program. This guided challenge gives people recipes, motivation, and support to transition into a vegan lifestyle they’ll love! To learn more, please visit

You can find the complete award list on the following page.

Host: Vegan Outreach

Vegan Outreach is an international nonprofit organization aiming to reduce animal suffering by promoting a vegan lifestyle through education and making vegan options more accessible. The Bloomington Vegan Chef Challenge was made possible with the help of many local volunteers, prize donors, and generous sponsorships from Merry Maids of Normal and 3 B Natives.


Best Chef 2024 – 1st Place & Best Entree: Pizza Payaa

Best Chef 2024 – 2nd Place & Best Overall Menu: Puran Indian Restaurant

Best Chef 2024 – 3rd Place & Best Presentation: Shroom Shack and Mystic Kitchen

Most Vegan-Friendly & Best Brunch: The Coffeehouse in Uptown

Best Indian Dish & Special Event: Bloom Bawarchi

Best Destination for Vegan Date Night & Veganized Dish: Epiphany Farms

Most Creative Dish: Fort Jesse Cafe

Best Vegan Comfort Food: Sao’s Late Night Eatery

Best Wrap: Under Wraps

Featured Participating Venue: Sugar Mama Bakery

Featured Participating Venue: Harmony Korean BBQ

Best Baked Good: Pollen and Pastry

Hidden Gem: A La Tavalo

Best Healthy Option: Bakery & Pickle

Featured Participating Venue: Zeta Coffee

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