Gaz Oakley's food journey started from the home. From a young age, he helped his Dad in the kitchen preparing the evening meal. This creative outlet was further developed in school.
At 14, he got his first taste of on-screen experience on TV show Britain's Best Dish and soon after he started work experience in the industry, going on to work in some of Cardiff's top restaurants.
In October 2015, Gaz made the decision to turn vegan overnight, spurred on by a desire to eat healthy and protect our planet and it's animals.
As Avant-Garde Vegan, he started his popular Instagram feed, followed by his inspirational YouTube channel, which to date is closing in on 500K subscribers.
Then came his first book, Vegan 100, a collection of exciting, healthy recipes focussed on vibrant flavours and banishing the rumours of vegan food being dull and bland.
We first met Gaz in November 2017, shortly after he began using some of our stoneware pieces in his photography and videos. The vibrant colours of his dishes and a talented eye for detail with his presentation, made our tableware come to life.
(Above) Gaz Oakley's Ultimate Vegan Christmas Roast, served on our Organic Stoneware Plate
(Below) Gaz's Vegan Grilled Steak with peppercorn sauce, served on our Fluted Serving Dish
In January 2018, Gaz in collaboration with Harvey Nichols hosted a dinner where he offered a stunning five-course vegan meal to be presented on our selection of our plates, and which we were fortunate enough to be invited to. This was an opportunity to try Gaz's cooking first hand and can honestly say it was an eye opening delight..
His enthusiasm is infectious on screen as well as off, coupled with an easy-to-follow style of cooking, which has encouraged us to try out more of his recipes and inspired a few of us here at Nom to convert!
Gaz's debut book, Vegan 100 is available from Amazon now! The follow up Vegan Christmas is now available for pre-order.
Note: All photography, styling and food by Gaz Oakley Avant-Garde Vegan.