Alicia Silverstone is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Kind Diet, as well as the recently published The Kind Mama, and founder of TheKindLife.com. Best known for her generation-defining turn in Clueless, she continues to work steadily in film, television, and theater. A dynamic and well-connected fixture in the acting, political, and scientific communities, she is a dedicated activist on behalf of humans, our planet and animals. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their son, Bear Blu.
Alona Pulde, MD, is a family practitioner and Matthew Lederman, MD, is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician. Both specialize in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. They appeared in Forks Over Knives and are authors of The Forks Over Knives Plan and Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole. Drs. Pulde and Lederman joined Whole Foods Market in 2010 where they serve as health and wellness medical experts.
Ann and Jane Esselstyn are a mother-daughter team with decades of experience developing delicious, healthful dishes both for their family and for Dr. Esselstyn’s many grateful patients. Ann Crile Esselstyn developed the recipes for the New York Times best seller Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and is co-author of The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. A mother of four, Ann is currently focused on counseling heart patients to prepare and enjoy plant-based, oil-free foods. Jane Esselstyn, RN is a wellness instructor and a plant-strong presenter and cook, as well as a married mother of three, who has been eating this way for more than 25 years. Jane developed recipes for My Beef with Meat and is co-author with Ann of The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook.
Ann Crile Esselstyn developed the recipes for the New York Times best seller Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease and is co-author of The Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. A mother of four, Ann is currently focused on counseling heart patients to prepare and enjoy plant-based, oil-free foods.
Aurora Leon, MD and Joaquin Carral, MD have helped thousands of Latinos around the world switch to a healthful vegan diet through the Vegetariano en 21 Dias program. Dr. Leon is a resident at St. Luke´s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, and Dr. Carral is currently undergoing a fellowship in preventive cardiology at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The pair adopted this lifestyle in 2010 and believe all physicians should be required to master the topic.
Benji Kurtz is a serial entrepreneur based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the co-founder of Vivid Thoughts Press, and the publisher of Glen Merzer’s novel Off the Reservation. He is also the founding director of the Alliance to Repair the American Diet, presenter of the first Food=Medicine Conference.
Brandi is the creator of The Vegan 8 website, which features recipes that are 8 ingredients or less. Brandi’s recipes are also vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free. Adapting a plant-based lifestyle helped cure her husband’s painful struggle with gout, and also inspired Brandi’s cooking and baking. Brandi’s passion is helping others choose a vegan lifestyle that is better for their health and is more compassionate to animals.
Brian Wendel is founder and president of Fork Over Knives and creator and executive producer of the Forks Over Knives feature film. Brian is a partner in the commercial real estate firm Huntington Group, LLC and a member of the board of directors for the Lisa Wendel Memorial Foundation. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
Carolyn Scott-Hamilton is the creator, executive producer, and host of The Healthy Voyager website. A holistic nutritionist, plant-based vegan chef, cookbook author, and T.V. spokesperson, Carolyn helps people live well, one veggie at a time! Visit HealthyVoyager.com for updates from Carolyn.
Chef AJ is a culinary instructor in Los Angeles who has followed a plant-based diet for more than thirty years. She is author of Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight. Chef AJ’s passion is teaching people how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet in ways that are easy, delicious, and fun. Visit EatUnprocessed.com for updates from Chef AJ.
Christine Waltermyer is the co-owner of The Natural Kitchen Cooking School, an all-vegan cooking school, and author of The Natural Vegan Kitchen. Christine has developed recipes for Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book Super Immunity as well as for Dr. Neal Barnard’s book Power Foods for the Brain.
Christy Morgan, known as The Blissful & Fit Chef, is a vegan chef, educator, athlete, and personal trainer. She is the author of Blissful Bites: Plant-based Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet and the Editor-in-Chief and creator of Definition Magazine. Contact her for details on how to reach all your health and fitness goals!
Columbus Batiste, MD, FACC, FSCAI, is the Chief of Cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Riverside and Moreno Valley Medical Centers. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is also known as the “Healthy Heart Doc” and he endorses a holistic approach to health care, emphasizing nutrition, stress reduction, and exercise.
Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she’s known for her hearty and distinctly flavorful creations, which draw inspiration from a wide range of ethnic traditions. Chef Darshana was a lead recipe contributor for the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Chef Darshana has catered numerous events, served as a private chef and regularly holds individual and group cooking classes. Visit DarshanasKitchen.com for more.