Interview with Amanda Cohen, Chef-Owner of Dirt Candy in New York

Amanda Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning vegetable restaurant on New York City’s Lower East Side. Dirt Candy was the first vegetable-focused restaurant in the city and the leader of the vegetable-forward movement. Amanda was the first vegetarian chef to compete on Iron Chef America and her comic book cookbook, Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, is the first graphic novel cookbook to be published in North America. We talked to Amanda about the challenges of running a vegetable restaurant, her make or break moments, all about her kitchen culture, and her advice to aspiring chefs.