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 Master-Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach, Plant-Based Culinary Instructor, Certified Personal Chef, and author of The Plant-Based for Life Cookbook: Deliciously Simple Recipes that Nourish, Comfort, Energize, and Renew.
I have completed training in Nutrition for a Healthy Heart and in Dietary Therapy for Reversing Common Diseases, and earned a Wellness Counseling Certificate through Cornell University, a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and a Culinary Coaching Certificate through the Harvard Medical School and The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine. I am also Forks Over Knives Plant-Based Certified, and a graduate of the Dr. McDougall’s Starch Solution Certification program. Learn more about my personal vegan coaching program here.
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 plant-based culinary instruction here.
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My recipes have been featured in The McDougall Newsletter, Center for Nutrition Studies Newsletter, Honest Cooking, VegKitchen, Vegan Magazine, and The Beet and I’m proud to have contributed original plant-based recipes to The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook (written by Victoria Moran and JL Fields), as well as 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 been honored with multiple opportunities to create original recipes and write 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”). I also served as Co-Director of Culinary Education for the Plant-Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG.org) for three years, and helped create and teach a core curriculum of plant-based culinary classes, including how to transition to a plant-based diet, batch cook effectively, and use a pressure cooker for added convenience.
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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
Main Street Vegan Academy
Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator
Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator
Wellness Forum Health
Certified Personal Chef
Wellness Counseling Certificate
Harvard Medical School and The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine
Culinary Coaching Certificate
T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate
Nutrition for a Healthy Heart Training
Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center
Starch Solution Certification
Dietary Therapy Training
Rouxbe Culinary School
Forks Over Knives Plant-Based Certified
NEURO Plan Trained and Certified
Whole Food Plant-Based Certified
Wayne State University
Master of Arts degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree