Amanda Cohen


Power Chefs

Amanda Cohen is the James Beard-nominated chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning vegetable restaurant on New York City's Lower East Side. She is also one of the Iron Chefs on Iron Chef Canada. Dirt Candy was the first vegetable-focused restaurant in the city and a leader in the vegetable-forward movement. The restaurant's original location had only 18 seats and was open for seven years, during which time it became the first vegetarian restaurant in 17 years to receive two stars from The New York Times. Its new location opened in January 2015 and was the first restaurant in the city to eliminate tipping and share profits with its employees. 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. It's currently in its seventh printing.


Lauren Goldstein