MY FAVORITE PEOPLE, MY FAVORITE RECIPES: Chloe Coscarelli
“She’s bright, stunningly beautiful, sweet, brilliant and forgiving,” says Alyssa Fasciano. She is Chloe Coscarelli, vegan winner of Food Networks’ Cupcake Wars, bestselling cookbook author, rockstar chef, animal rights activist and all-around adorable person. I confess I didn’t believe the Coscarelli hype. I mean, who could be that wonderful and be everywhere all at once? And Coscarelli is these days, in Glamour, Shape and VegNews, in California for a PETA event, on the Hallmark Channel and now in Miami, where we connected for the opening of Chef Chloe and the Vegan Cafe at St. Roch Market.
It turns out Coscarelli is bright, stunningly beautiful, sweet, brilliant and forgiving, and human as well. Fasciano, a longtime Coscarelli team member and the cafe’s general manager, saw Coscarelli through a difficult 2017. But when life gives you lemons, Coscarelli makes pink-frosted lemon blackberry cupcakes (check out her recipe in the spring issue of VegNews).
“No matter the industry, there are challenges that come along with taking risks and putting your heart and soul into your work,” Coscarelli says. “The thing that keeps me going is remembering my greater mission and all the animals’ lives that would be at stake if I gave up.”
Making mistakes whether it’s business choices or recipe development “is an important part of the process,”Coscarelli says. “Lots of trial and error until I feel it’s truly excellent.” Truly excellent seems to be the universal verdict of her fourth cookbook Chloe Flavor. Brand new and already a bestseller, Chloe Flavor offers over 125 vibrant, vegan recipes like breakfast cookies, crammed with energizing superfoods like oats, almonds, coconuts and dates and beet fettuccine with basil ricotta.
Lest the pasta recipe sound like another adorable pink Coscarelli creation — “I do love pink,” she sighs — it has its roots in traditional Italian cuisine. So does Coscarelli.“I come from an Italian and Jewish background so cooking food in massive quantities is my normal,” she says. “My biggest fear in life is not making enough food.”
Look for my review of Chef Chloe and the Vegan Cafe in the upcoming issue of VegNews. Spoiler alert — it’s a winner. So is Coscarelli.