“Sometimes people ask me, ‘Are you a strict vegetarian?’ “My reply to them is, ‘Well, I’m a fun one,’” says Chef Tanya Petrovna about being vegan.Petrovna’s experiences, dating back to 1990 when she first opened a vegetarian restaurant in Palm Springs, told her people assume eating vegan means a required lifestyle change. “I just want them to have a good meal,” she adds.

It was Tanya Petrovna’s mom who inspired her to become a chef. Cooking and creating delicious meals was her passion, and she loved to cook. When she turned 18, Chef Tanya combined her natural passion for animals and the environment and at first became a vegetarian (excluding meat, poultry, fish, and seafood), and later a vegan (exclude all meat and animal products)…”

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