Thank you very much for visiting Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen! I’m so happy you’re here!
My name is Vicki Brett-Gach, and I’m a Certified Personal Chef, Plant-Based Culinary Instructor, and Master-Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach.
I completed training in Nutrition for a Healthy Heart and in Dietary Therapy for Reversing Common Diseases, and earned a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate (through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies), as well as a Wellness Counseling Certificate (through Cornell University). I am also Forks Over Knives Plant-Based Certified, and a graduate of the Dr. McDougall’s Starch Solution Certification program.
I teach a broad range of heart-healthy, whole-food, plant-based cooking classes – privately, semi-privately, in classroom settings, and to larger groups of all sizes, and every class is highly customized to the needs of each client. Learn more about my cooking instruction program here.
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My recipes have been featured in The McDougall Newsletter, Center for Nutrition Studies Newsletter, Honest Cooking, VegKitchen, Vegan Magazine, Barefoot Vegan, and The Beet and I’m proud to have contributed several original plant-based recipes to the highly acclaimed The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook (written by Victoria Moran and JL Fields), The Vegan Friends Cookbook (by Anja Cass), and Perfectly Plant-Based, a curated collection of whole-food plant-based oil-free recipes by chefs from around the world.
I have created original recipes and written articles for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies website, and served as a special project author for their updated Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition program (“Plant-Based Food Guide: How to Eat Well on a Budget”). As Co-Director of Culinary Education for PBNSG.org, I helped the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group create a core curriculum of plant-based culinary classes, and taught students how to transition to a plant-based diet, batch cook effectively, use a pressure cooker for convenience, and much more.
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I work with individual and corporate clients throughout the country, looking for a better way to make dietary choices for optimal health. Even though there are such compelling reasons to consider a vegan lifestyle – for personal health, for the animals, for the environment – so many people struggle with the food.
This is where the delicious fun truly begins. I specialize in creating, testing, and refining recipes for fabulous, wholesome food, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, along with nutritious low-fat starch-based principles.
However, I wasn’t always plant-based, and I understand very well the challenges that a new vegan can face, and as your personal vegan coach, I want to help make this adventure the best decision you’ve ever made.
During our sessions, we’ll explore best-fit strategies and transitional tools, plus create wonderful food you’ll really love – with customized recipes designed to establish and support your new healthy habits, one delicious meal at a time. Learn more about my personal coaching program here.
Education, Training, and Certifications
Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, Main Street Vegan Academy
Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, Main Street Vegan Academy
Certified Personal Chef, Wellness Forum Health
Whole Food Plant-Based Certified, WFPB.org
Wellness Counseling Certificate, Cornell University
Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
Nutrition for a Healthy Heart Training, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
Starch Solution Certification, Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center
Dietary Therapy Training, Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center
Forks Over Knives Plant-Based Certified, Rouxbe Culinary School
Master of Arts degree, Wayne State University
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Wayne State University