Teaching vegan cooking.

Cooking classes will be on hold until further notice.

Please come back soon for updates on how we will be proceeding with in-person cooking classes and to see which classes are available in your area! 

Hear what they say


Matthew Grant

I have been an aspiring vegan/cook with great intentions but low motivation due to a lack of knowledge.

After taking some of Jack’s vegan cooking classes, I’ve become excited about plant-based eating and feel that I have some good foundational skills in the kitchen.

On top of helping me reach some good eating and cooking goals, I’ve been inspired to dig deeper into my culinary curiosity.

Jack’s a good teacher, the skills are valuable, and the food is always good. If you’re looking for someone to learn from in the kitchen, look no further.


Sherry Lynn

We really enjoy the 2 hour cooking classes with samples from the entire menu! We’ve learned so many cooking and food selection tips, you’ve been awesome! Thank you so much!!


fiona J Fisher

Jack makes vegan cooking fun, easy and AMAZING! Vegan food does not have to be boring or tasteless. The Empowered Vegan can show you how to make delicious food!


Tricia Novak

Cooking classes with Jack is the best! Jack is very knowledgeable and so friendly. He always has a smile. His recipes taste great and make it easy to eat vegan style. Now he catering and selling some of his delicious food. Thank you Jack!!!


Leah Virr

The two classes I attended were extremely informative and helped making the switch from vegetarian to vegan much easier! Plus, having the recipes to keep was great and everything was delicious!

Jackie Curtis-Ferringo

Jack is an artist. He makes food that’s art.

Emily Tomato

Jack is so generous, knowledgeable and fun. He will empower you to be your best self, in the kitchen and in the world!

Adele Varao

I had the pleasure of attending and participating in the recent Christmas vegan cooking class . Jack is a high energy, fun and knowledgeable vegan chef. After seeing the menu I wondered how 12 participants were going to pull off completion of all the dishes and sit down to have a meal together. Everything was timed perfectly and the food was flavourful. A good time was had by all. I now have a selection of recipes that I’ll be preparing for my family Christmas. Thanks again, Jack.

Kale Black

I had the pleasure of going through Jack’s full 6-week program about a year and a half ago now and it was completely life-changing.
I literally never thought I would be able to go fully plant-based because I am such a picky eater, but I felt so lovingly guided and the program was so tailored, yet comprehensive that by the end, I had a level of confidence in the kitchen I never thought would be possible.
I owe my plant-based lifestyle almost solely to Jack and would HIGHLY recommend any of his courses, classes or content.

Alex Kadet

Jack can can show you how to make better food than your grandmother. Then you can really show her who’s boss.

Jennifer Lei

I attended a free class that Jack of The Empowered Vegan offered at Goodness Me (Brantford) last month, and I found it to be an excellent experience. It was both an interactive and informative class. Over the two hours, Jack answered our many questions and provided valuable insights into successfully preparing for a vegan diet (either full-time, or just to begin introducing vegan dishes into one’s diet).
Jack’s broad knowledge base and style of presentation provided an accessible, manageable and practical approach to plant based living. I would highly recommend his class, to both the novice and the experienced vegan!

Eda Wallace

I did a 3 week vegan hands on cooking course with Jack and found it absolutely amazing. He is a great teacher and my cooking skills have definitely improved. He has made it easier for my family to be more creative with vegan foods. I am looking forward to attending more courses.


Margie Lambert-Sen

I’ve attended several of Jack’s workshops, both demos and hands-on and enjoyed both types immensely — so much so that we hired him to come to our house and teach my daughter and me various methods of preparing and cooking healthy vegan meals. He came to our house once/week for six weeks the summer before my daughter was to live on her own at university. I wanted to be sure that she would not only be comfortable in the kitchen, but would know how to organize her time and how to prepare a balanced, healthy meal. Goal accomplished! She now loves preparing meals and now SHE’S teaching her roommates what she’s learned!
I can highly recommend the Empowered Vegan! Jack is professional, yet personable. It was a pleasure cooking with him both at his kitchen in Hamilton and at my home in Kitchener.


Kirsten Cooper

I have attended many of Jack’s Vegan cooking courses and enjoyed them all. His recipes are excellent and it has been great learning all the tricks to delicious vegan cooking. If you are new to vegan cooking, or just looking for some new ideas, I highly recommend you check out what the Empowered Vegan has to offer.


Arun Bhatia

I took a 3 week class with Chef Jack. Simply amazing. I had been cooking vegan for sometime but learned so many new things to add to my knowledge. I can’t wait to take more classes.


Leah V

The two classes I attended were extremely informative and helped making the switch from vegetarian to vegan much easier! Plus, having the recipes to keep was great and everything was delicious!

Melissa Klaver

Jack is an all star! I’ve attended several of his classes, my fave being the ‘hands on’ method where everyone pitches in to create amazing food that we all enjoy buffet style at the end. I am vegan and have attended with others who are not and others who are on their journey to becoming plant based. Jack is non-judgmental, thoughtful in his responses and very easy to talk to. I will definitely plan to have him attend a ladies night in the future; he (er,… we) will cook, learn and drink wine! Yes please 😉 P.S. this guy made me LOOOOVE mushrooms which I was disgusted by for 40 years! His (THE BEST) mushroom gravy is a new fave topping of mine for just about anything!! The Hammer loves you Jack!

Cathryn Cortissoz

Class helped me to understand that vegan cooking can be satisfying

heather begin-kao

I had the pleasure of learning about plant-based cooking and eating from Jack at a glorious weekend retreat. Jack was passionate yet not ever pushy with the information shared and really endeavoured to connect personally with each participant to meet us where we were at. I learned that it’s not as hard as I thought to move towards plant-based eating, and Jack’s food was out of this world delicious!



Cinzia Mastai Duguay

Jack is very passionate about vegan food and is always willing to share his knowledge. Not only have I participated in three of his classes, but has also made the food and it is fabulous! It is great to have a resource for learning, sharing and providing awesome food for us vegans!


Cheryl Dowden

I recently attended a vegan food demonstration that featured Jack – The Empowered Vegan. I was so inspired by his passion and creativity when it comes to vegan cooking. I immediately started telling people about Jack and recommending they follow the Empowered Vegan on Instagram. Jack makes vegan cooking fun and accessible. If you haven’t taken an Empowered Vegan workshop with him yet, I would highly recommend that you do. You will have so much fun!!


Kelly VanderMarel Steve Rajher

Had a great night at the Christmas dinner cooking class. Would highly recommend attending one of Jack’s classes!

Erica Sharp

Literally one of the most fun nights I have had, what a wonderful event and group of people to share an evening with, by the end of the night everyone felt like family!
Jack was great and had such an amazing spirit about him. He was approachable and you can truly see his passion when he is teaching and interacting with everyone.
Can’t wait to attend my next class – Christmas Cookies!!! OMG I forgot to mention how amazing everything tasted!

Ivana Tittoto

I had the pleasure of attending a seminar held by Jack at Goodness Me and I have to say along with valuable information, Jack’s enthusiasm gave me the shot in the arm I need to achieve the diet changes I want, to contribute to a healthier planet, to make better and ethical choices.
I look forward to receiving my first email newsletter and to attend more classes held by The Empowered Chef.

Hadleigh Keesee

We first met Chef Jack at one of his vegan workshops at Goodness Me!. Which, I highly recommend trying out one of his workshops! We had a splendid time learning more about vegan cheese, which beforehand we were very skeptical of! We discovered that vegan cheese doesn’t have to be a scary, overly processed, monster hiding in your fridge, that it can actually be very tasty, all thanks to Chef Jack! We decided to hire Chef Jack and his business partner Casey to cater a private dinner, for my boyfriend and myself, and it was an amazing experience. Due to (many) dietary restrictions, we were half expecting them to give us pasta and a garden salad, because we had no idea what to expect. But, to our amazement, each plate they brought to us beautifully crafted and created a dance party on our taste buds! They are so knowledgeable and very keen to adapt to any dietary needs you may have, and as someone who has many, that feels amazing! I highly recommend hiring these guys to cater or even to take a class with! We look forward to having dinners with these guys in the future. We are very grateful!

Sheri-lyn Grego

Great experience. Tips and recipes I was literally able to put into practice the next day. Completely recommend to anyone looking to improve their skills and pick up some new dishes! Personable chef and comfortable learning environment. Sign up for his next session!!!!


Dawn Konig

Jack is a perfect teacher! He is always encouraging, well prepared and he brings a palpable passion for tasty vegan food. I have learned so much in the four classes I’ve take with Jack. Although I’m not vegan, I now prepare many yummy plant-based meals because they are truly delicious. I’m looking forward to taking more classes with Jack.


Jessica Fackelmann

Classes with Jack are so much fun and always delicious! I highly recommend him and will be taking more classes in the future!


Deborah Wood

I wish the Empowerment Vegan was around 25 years ago when I first became vegan! I learned more from Jack in a few short hours about how to make seriously flavourful vegan dishes, than I did over the past 25 years! Thank you Jack. Better late than never


Cheryl Schneider

My daughter and I really enjoy the classes. I always learn things and the food is great. The teacher is really engaging so it is a really enjoyable experience.


Tamara McBride

I have attended several of Jack’s tasting menu classes. I am not a vegan, I am a vegetarian.However, like everyone we get bored and want to try new things. I now have so many more ways of introducing protein into my diet while still eating clean.And a whole new way of seasoning the dishes I already serve.
My family And friends are not vegetarian. However, they have been blown away at everything I have served from the Empowered Vegan menus. They can’t believe how tasty everything is. I never thought I would learn how to make cheese and it actually taste good.
Thank you Jack for your passion you to share your knowledge and love of vegan cooking.

Bon Appetite!


E Tennent

Jack is a great chef and entertaining speaker. Classes are really fun, and the recipes are easy to work with and super tasty.


Inner Lotus

Jack is upbeat and full of great info to help a newbie like me to navigate the full vegetarian lifestyle He’s got great recipes that taste great.

Jessica Fisher

I have attended four of chef Jack’s classes including the recent vegan food prep 3-week course where we learned how to make super yummy and healthy vegan breakfasts, sandwiches, soups and buddha bowls.

Jack is not only incredibly knowledgeable, he is also a gifted teacher who makes every student feel welcome and included. His personable and friendly demeanour make you feel like you are cooking with a friend, and his personal journey to living his best vegan life is truly inspiring.

I have recruited multiple people to take Jack’s classes and I won’t stop now. I can’t wait to attend more classes!


Rosa viviano

The classes are a lot fun and you learn a lot too 🙂

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