Mark Reinfeld – 2017 Vegetarian Hall of Fame Inductee

On July 6th 2017, Mark Reinfeld was inducted into the North American Vegetarian Society’s Vegetarian Hall of Fame for his decades of work in the field of food activism. Teaching others how to prepare healthy plant-based cuisine is his way of affecting positive change on the planet. Chef Mark joins an honor roll of previous inductees that include Mahatma Gandhi, T. Collin Campbell, PhD, and Jay and Freya Dinshah, the founders of the American Vegan Society.. Read more

Chef wants to make vegan cooking the ‘new kosher’

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With the temperature in the mid-80s, it was not the night to kick off Shabbat dinner with chicken soup, or rather, given our family’s eating mishegas, vegan chicken soup (yes, there is such a dish). So where or whom do I turn to for a seasonal alternative? Answer: Chef Mark Reinfeld, who as the “30-Minute Vegan” has a series of books filled with recipes that I’ve found are sure to come out right and always taste great. Read more

Healing the Vegan Way Chosen as the Best Book for Vegans of 2016 by


There’s been a wave of “healthful” plant-based cookbooks over the past few years from the cardiologists and biochemists at The China Study, Forks Over Knives, Plant Pure Nation and such. But Mark Reinfeld has raised the bar on the genre with his latest, bringing together his training as a chef with a masters degree in holistic nutrition for a cookbook that’s about more than health and more than cooking. Read more

Meet the Vegan Chef: Mark Reinfeld

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Mark Reinfeld founded Blossoming Lotus Restaurant in Kaua’i (Hawaii), which was voted best restaurant in the area. He is also the author of several published cookbooks. Today he runs a cooking school, sharing his vast knowledge of plant-based cuisine with the world. Read more

Top Seasonal Foods by Mark Reinfeld on Elephant Journal

In the 20-plus years of being a vegan chef, it is clear to me that plants have the power to heal and transform our lives. Read more

In the Studio with Sharon Palmer

I was very honored to contribute a story for Mark’s new book and it’s been great getting to know him a bit better over the past year. Read more

New Worlder: Mushroom Cauliflower Tacos

If mushroom and cauliflower are not the first ingredients that come to mind for a taco filling, you will quickly see that this delightful combination of flavors held together in a lightly sweet corn tortilla works in so many ways. Read more

Mark on Main Street Vegan

Chef Mark Reinfeld is interviewed on Main Street Vegan hosted by Victoria Moran. Click here to listen now.

Mark on Juice Guru Radio

Mark on The Easy Vegan

Latest Online Book Reviews

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Meatless Monday: Mark Reinfeld Heals You the Vegan Way

He may be soft-spoken, but Mark Reinfeld’s on a mission “to propel the vegan revolution forward in whatever way I can.” That’s a lot of ways. Blossoming Lotus founding chef, creator of Vegan Fusion culinary academy, hands-on and online vegan culinary instructor, private chef, holistic nutrition expert, the executive chef who’s fed everyone at NAVS Summerfest, consultant for Miami vegan restaurants including Holi Vegan Kitchen and Full Bloom, Reinfeld has done all that and more, plus write numerous cookbooks including the new Healing the Vegan Way. Read more

Listen to Chef Mark Reinfeld on The David Madow Lifestyle Show

Watch Chef Mark Reinfeld on True Wellth – Healing with Vegan Foods

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I’lima Award – Kauai, best restaurant

The Blossoming Lotus recognized as the Best Restaurant on Kauai by the Honolulu Advertiser. The 2006 ‘ILIMA award went to the world renowned restaurant, and marks the first time in history that a vegetarian restaurant has won “Best of” from among hundreds of restaurants serving all kinds of fare. Read more

Vegan Fusion World Cuisine – numerous awards

Gourmand Award for “Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA”, Nautilus Awards, Best Small Press. Nautilus is owned by Body+Soul Magazine, part of the Martha Stewart OmniMedia Organization. The Best Small Press Award is a Judges Category for those books that exemplify quality, meaning, unique artistic value and content. Indie Excellence Awards are sponsored by – one of the most respected and economical sources for publishing PR & marketing products, industry news, events and consulting.

Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA – Gourmand Award
Best Book by a Small Press – Martha Stewart Omnimedia Nautilus Award
Best New Cookbook – PETA Proggy Award
Cookbook of the Year – VegNews
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Best Cookbook Foreword Magazine – Finalist
Best Health and Healing, Nautilus – Finalist
Best Alternative Health, Coalition of Visionary Artists – Finalist
Best Cookbook, National Indie Excellence 2007 Book Awards – Finalist

Publishers Weekly – The 30 Minute Vegan

VegPgs_msthd Mark Reinfeld (The 30 Minute Vegan, The 30 Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe) may be the male equivalent to a vegan Rachael Ray—his recipes are flavorful and approachable and certainly have the same potential for mass appeal. In his third vegan collection, Reinfeld focuses on soup, showing readers how to prepare over 100 healthy, tasty soups in a short amount of time. Once introduced to Reinfeld’s basic stocks (mushroom, roasted vegetable, tamari), readers have a foundation to build on, and will soon be preparing their choice of a wide variety of soups. Read more

NAVS Summerfest Executive Chef 2012-2015

Vegetarian Summerfest Head Chef: Mark Reinfeld
Mark Reinfeld Award winning chef, entrepreneur and co-author of The 30-Minute Vegan, The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw and Vegan Fusion World Cuisine.

Mark is the winner of’s 2011 Recipe of the Year Award and has more than 20 years of experience preparing creative vegan and raw food cuisine. He specializes in vegan and raw food recipe development and offers vegan cuisine workshops, trainings and retreats internationally. Read more

Endorsement testimonials

Mark Reinfeld ’s The 30-Minute Vegan is not only a culinary delight for vegetarians and vegans, it appeals to people who relish a meal that luxuriates the palate and satisfies the spirit. When I ate his Indian Dahl and desserts at the Blossoming Lotus restaurant, I was immediately transported to India because his recipes are so true to their origins.
– Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential

I heartily recommend Vegan Fusion World Cuisine for anyone seeking a healthier, inspired and more peaceful life.
– Deepak Chopra

I wish The Blossoming Lotus great success. They make the most wonderful food with the greatest of heart and their cookbook is a beautiful gift for all of us interested in healthy living.
– Pierce Brosnan

Mark Reinfeld is on the cutting edge of healthy dining. This is vegan cuisine at its finest!
– Cher

Recipe Featured in Vegetarian Times Magazine

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Vegan Luau by Mark Reinfeld

Under the Vegan Sun, Santa Barbara Magazine, February 2016

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Mark Reinfeld, vegan chef and author – Talking Animals


Mark Reinfeld —the celebrated vegan chef and author who was slated to present a cooking demonstration a few days later at the Tampa Bay Veg Fest—discusses what he’s found, over the years, to be the biggest misconception about vegan eating. He addresses some of the largest challenges folks can face when first trying their hand at creating vegan meals (which, as a tangent, leads to Reinfeld noting that there are several exciting new advances in the realm of vegan cheeses). Read more

Internationally celebrated Vegan Chef Mark Reinfeld – Interview with Alison Burgos

The male equivalent to a plant-based Rachel Ray, author of Vegan Fusion World Cuisine, dishes on the power of plants to heal and transform lives and restore health, essential tools for the kitchen, and advice for budding food authors.
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OMTimes Magazine June D 2013 Edition

OMTimes finds it is incredibly tasteful to have Master Vegan Chef Mark Reinfeld on the cover of the magazine.

Mark Reinfeld, cofounder of Vegan Fusion along with Bo Rinaldi, is one of the world’s best known Vegan Chefs, assembling an impressive array of international awards. His innovative work is at the leading edge of of contemporary vegan cooking and he is a major advocate of a more conscious lifestyle. Read more

Platinum Carrot Award

2006 Platinum Carrot award, given to America’s top “innovative and trailblazing healthy chefs.” Mark Reinfeld, Founding Chef of Blossoming Lotus Restaurant in Kapaa, Kauai was selected as Top Chef in the ‘Live Food’ category by the Aspen Center for Integral Health. Read more

Seed Food & Wine

1601140_190902111119189_529201425_n Mark was honored to participate as a featured chef in Miami’s first Annual Seed Food & Wine Festival in October, 2014.

The Seed Festival, modeled on the renowned and long-running South Beach Wine & Food Festival, provided a plethora of events featuring celebrity chefs, fine wines, craft beers, gourmet cuisine, and more celebrities: all plant-based. It consisted of five days of events, including upscale dinners, garden parties, a Southern-style brunch, a film screening, and a large-scale outdoor festival. Mark served as co-chef for the brunch with Amber Antonelli of the Naked Bite.

The event was founded after the organizers realized the lack of education surrounding plant-based diets. While part of the inspiration for Seed stemmed from a desire to raise consciousness and introduce Miami residents to a more healthful lifestyle, the founders also wanted to demonstrate that vegan dishes can be just as sophisticated and palate-pleasing as non-vegan recipes. The brunch proved to be no exception!

Recipe of the Year Award

Mark Reinfeld is the winner of’s Recipe of the Year Award for 2011 and has over 20 years experience preparing creative vegan and raw food cuisine. Mark has been the Executive Chef for the North American Vegetarian Society’s Summerfest, one of the largest vegetarian conferences in the world, for the past three years. He is the founding chef of the Blossoming Lotus Restaurant. Mark is also the recipient of a Platinum Carrot Award for living foods – a national award given by the Aspen Center of Integral Health to America’s top “innovative and trailblazing healthy chefs”. Mark received his initial culinary training from his grandfather Ben Bimstein, a renowned chef and ice carver in New York City.
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Master Mentor Series – Cafe Of Dreams

It’s wild how something so basic can be a catalyst to change your life…and the world! That’s why I’m particularly excited to share today’s episode of the Cutting Edge Master Mentor Series with my first REAL CHEF!!! (Squeal Squeal!!)

Chef Mark Reinfeld not only gives us an inspiring new way to look at our kitchens as a metaphor for our lives, but he also suggests we can cook with some incredible, world changing ingredients! More on that in a moment. Just when I was bored in my own kitchen, cooking same old, same old, someone like Chef Mark Reinfeld shows up to create a REVOLT!
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