We teamed up with MorningStar Farms to present the “Plant-Based All Star” Contest! We challenged 75 chefs to create innovative meatless (or entirely plant-based) dishes that illustrate the possibility of cooking with a meat substitute using MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend. The chef with the best meatless dish will be crowned a #PlantBasedAllStar and win our Grand Prize – $1000 cash and a True Cooks “Plant-Based” Snap Back Hat. The dish which receives the most votes will win the People’s Choice prize – a set of Sitram cookware!

The competition was incredible, with so many amazing dishes to choose from. Scroll below to see the finalists and our top ten favorite dishes! Check back soon to see which one of these chefs will be our Grand Prize Winner and who will take home the People’s Choice prize.


Chef Christopher Randall

“Spicy Red Bean Chile Relleño”

MorningStar Farms Spicy Red Bean / Piquillo Pepper / Sunchoke Crema / Shaved Asparagus / Shaved Carrot / Shishito Pepper / Ghost Chilies / Heirloom Tomato / Sudachi Juice / Coriander Flowers 

MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend Used: Vegan Spicy Red Bean


Chef Esai Negrete

“Charred Heirlooms with Spicy Red Bean Fill”

Charred Heirlooms / Spicy Red Bean / Farro / Quinoa / Brown Rice Grains / Basil Chips / Blue Cheese / Fried Leeks

MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend Used: Vegan Spicy Red Bean


Chef Gregory Royster

“Papas Rellenas with Avocado Mousse”

Mashed Potato Ball filled with MorningStar Farms Vegan Spicy Red Bean mixed with Kim Chee, Roasted Garlic, and Caramelized Onion / Avocado Mousse / Jalapano and Mango Chutney / Charred Baby Corn / Lime Crema

MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend Used: Vegan Spicy Red Bean


Chef Jimmie Flores

“Vegan Blue Corn Tamale”

Hopi Blue Corn Masa Stuffed with MorningStar Farms Vegan Spicy Red Bean Blend / Mole Rojo / Avocado Tomatilla Puree / Fresh Red and Green Serrano / Micro Cilantro / Pickled Radish

MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend Used: Vegan Spicy Red Bean


Chef Justin Newgaard

“Plant-Based Spanish Chili Dumplings”

Red Bean Chili Vegetable Protein / Grilled Cauliflower / Ground Mushrooms / Served with a Chimichurri Sauce and Jalapenos

MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend Used: Vegan Spicy Red Bean


Chef Matt Kepp

“Caprese Cakes (Substitute for Crab Cakes)”

Old Bay Dusted Caprese Protein Cakes /Charred Tomato Aioli / Lemon and Cucumber Bruschetta / Mozzarella Di Bufala Chunks / Basil Leaf / Oil Garnish / Lemon Zest Garnish

MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend Used: Tomato Basil Mozzarella


Chef Ricazsandria Rances

“Farro-Red Cabbage Dumpling Enoki-Leek Soup”

Farro-Red Cabbage Dumpling using MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend Vegan Spicy Red Bean as filling / Enoki-Leek Soup Base with Butterfly Pea Tea / Carrots / Roasted Tomatoes / Fried Basil / hint of fresh Calamansi Juice

MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend Used: Vegan Spicy Red Bean


Chef Rickie Perez

“Plant-Based ‘Spaghetti and Meatballs’ Salad”

Spicy Red Bean Meatballs / Quick Roasted Beet Pasta / Marinated Cherry Heirlooms / Radish / Red Cumin Shisho / Micro Cilantro / Roasted Shishito Peppers / Peri Peri Vinaigrette

MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend Used: Vegan Spicy Red Bean


 Chef Ryan Kirby

“Spicy Red Bean Beet Root Tostadas”

Beet Root Tostadas topped with Vegan Spicy Red Bean Protein Blend / Vegan Nacho Cheese / Fresh Jalapeño / Pico de Gallo / Tofuti Vegan Sour Cream / Avocado / Shredded Lettuce / Flaming Hot Cheeto Dust

MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend Used: Vegan Spicy Red Bean


 Chef Sean Streete

“Jamaican Pattie with a Nasturtium-Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce”

With the substitution of the Spicy Red Bean mixture, this traditional Caribbean staple ‘turnover’ would now be considered a healthier option without lacking texture, taste, or flavor.

MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend Used: Vegan Spicy Red Bean


 Thanks again to everyone who participated in our MorningStar Farms #plantbasedallstar contest! We loved seeing all of your creativity in your uses of MorningStar Farms Signature Protein Blend.

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