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For all of his adult life (the better part of a decade), Chef Jack Middleton, has been cooking professionally. He attended the Chef Training program at George Brown College in Toronto and completed his 5000 hour apprenticeship at Quatrefoil Restaurant in Dundas ON. He became a Red Seal Certified Chef in 2013 and has continued to grow his skills and passion for cooking since.

Towards the end of 2015 Jack weighed approx. 250lbs and despite his fine dining background, was subsisting on fast food and pizza. He briefly went on a low-calorie diet and lost 50lbs in a short period of time. Despite the liberation of his weight-loss success he knew that this kind of lifestyle was not sustainable. During that time his mentor introduced him to the lectures of Gary Yourofsky and films such as Earthlings and Cowspiracy. He realized the way he was eating was harming himself, the planet and other sentient beings and he decided to make a change. Instead of seeing the (meat based) low-calorie diet to completion, he went vegan on January 1st 2016 and proceeded to lose another 40lbs in the 8 months following without restricting his diet and without counting calories.


    • Catering

    Chef Jack Middleton is excited to announce the beginning of The Empowered Vegan catering. Due to popular demand this summer marked the beginning of the catering branch of The Empowered Vegan.

    We are excited to be the only fully vegan caterer (that we are aware of) in the Hamilton area. We are so happy to finally be able to say YES to all your catering needs. The Empowered Vegan will cater anything from weddings, private dinners, parties and corporate events. Keep us in mind when you’re looking for a plant based caterer run by a Red Seal certified Vegan Chef.

    Please contact to set your initial consult so we can talk about meeting your needs!

    Download Catering Options and Sample-Menus

    • Private Cooking Lessons - Vegan for the Night Class

    This is a great class way to get your friends together, have some fun and learn from a vegan chef. In this fun and relaxed group class Chef Jack Middleton will teach you and up to 6 of your friends how to cook a 4 course vegan dinner (class theme and recipes can be varied to suit the needs of any group).

    This class includes:

    • 3 hour private in-home cooking class
    • A handpicked 4 course menu to suit you and your guests desires
    • A demonstration of fundamental knife skills, important vegan ingredients and relevant cooking techniques
    • Hands on instruction from a Red Seal certified vegan chef
    • Groceries are not included in the price.
    • Payment is taken by credit card upon booking.

    Note: Private group classes larger than 6 people can be done depending on the space available. If you do not have a space to host the class, the classes can be done in a professional kitchen space. Additional charges for rental of space will apply.

    Classes further than 1 hour (driving time) outside of Hamilton will be an extra $50+HST.
    $449+HST for up to 4 ppl
    ($60 for each additional person)