Omari McQueen’s ‘Best Bites’ Cookbook Nabs PETA Vegan Food Award

Omari McQueen’s ‘Best Bites’ Cookbook Nabs PETA Vegan Food Award

Young entrepreneur Honoured for Meeting Growing Demand for Kid-Friendly Vegan Recipes

London – As there are now more than 1 million vegan or vegetarian households in the UK – and reports reveal that the majority of British children want to be meat-free – PETA is recognising the most exciting vegan offerings on the market today with its ninth annual Vegan Food Awards.

Nabbing the award for Best Vegan Cookbook is the UK’s youngest vegan chef, author, and internet sensation for Omari McQueen’s Best Bites Cookbook, which allows children – and adults – to enjoy tasty vegan recipes inspired by his Jamaican heritage. With options such as brow jackfruit stew, rocky road, and strawberry coconut cheesecake, who could resist?

McDonald’s won Best Vegan Burger for its protein-packed McPlant, and Burger King took home the Launch of the Year award for its crispy Vegan Royale. Both are sure to introduce new audiences to vegan food. Other winners include Alexis Gauthier’s vegan restaurant 123V, which nabbed Best Vegan Sushi, and VFC – a start-up founded by Veganuary’s Matthew Glover – which took the prize for Best Vegan Chicken, an award that went to KFC last year. For the full list of winners, click here.

“From launching his own range of vegan dips to being the UK’s youngest vegan pop-up shop owner and writing his first cookbook, Omari McQueen is an inspiration to children and adults alike,” says PETA Director of Vegan Corporate Projects Dawn Carr. “With creative recipes and eye-catching photos, Best Bites shows just how easy and delicious it is for everyone to eat vegan.”

Each person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals every year daily suffering and a terrifying death. Eating vegan also slashes greenhouse-gas emissions and lowers a person’s risk of developing heart disease and cancer.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. High-resolution images of the winners are available here. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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