Credit: Matthew Kenney
Credit: Matthew Kenney

5 Must-Try Plant-Based Restaurants, According to Vegan Chef Matthew Kenney

From LA to NYC, Matthew Kenney Tells Us Where to Eat Plant-Based

Name: Matthew Kenney
Job Title: CEO of Matthew Kenney Cuisine
Resident of: Los Angeles
Local Living: 10 years Vegan Chef Matthew Kenney


3 Favorite Ingredients to Cook With: 

– Avocados
– Fresh Pasta
– Local Produce

Vegan Chef Matthew Kenney

A Way of Life

I have been plant-based for over 20 years, so it became more and more difficult to not bring this way of living into my work—long before most people understood it. Everyone thought I was crazy at the time, but it’s become totally mainstream. 

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Seasonally Crafted

I don’t know if I can choose one of my restaurants as a favorite, as I love them all so much. I suppose, however, I would have to say Plant Food + Wine in Venice is amazing. Everything from the food to the atmosphere is perfect. 

“What we do at MKC has a massive global impact. With restaurants around the world, a culinary academy and several products and partnerships, I feel that we are able to truly make a difference and create a more sustainable, plant-based future.” 

Vegan Chef Matthew Kenney

Dining Downtown

My favorite restaurant to go to has been Damien—Enrique Olvera’s restaurant in DTLA. When I go, I order literally everything on the menu that is vegan, including the celery root, which I love.


Down South

Credit: Viceroy Los Cabos

My favorite place to go for a quick getaway is the Viceroy in Cabo. I love the design—I work best in a clean, modern space, and the food is great. I go on a working getaway: rest, relax and catch up on sleep and work.

Vegan Chef Matthew Kenney

Best Bites in the World

My favorite restaurant changes depending on my tastes and the seasons, but I really love Cosme in New York City right now (located in the Flatiron District). This sleek Mexican spot features a big bar, shareable plates and some amazing tequila and mezcal cocktails.

Exciting Things to Come

I’m really looking forward to so much in 2022, as we are launching new products and partnerships worldwide. Locally, we are opening a third location of Sestina as well as a Latin-American concept called Oleada Cocina.  

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