About Shanti Chu of ChiVeg

I have been a vegetarian for over 10 years for ethical, environmental, and health reasons. Becoming a vegetarian inspired me to learn how to cook so I could make delicious and healthy recipes. Most of my cooking is vegan for ethical reasons.

I have been a foodie for most of my life, which is why I also love reviewing restaurants. Chicago is a wonderful “foodie” city but for what kind of foodie? The meat-eating kind? I share my perspective navigating the city as an ethical foodie meaning that I choose not to eat sentient beings (beings that can feel pain and pleasure). This makes my “foodie” experience of Chicago a different and unique kind of foodie experience, a perspective that differs from the “mainstream” Chicago foodie perspective.

When I am not eating, I am an award winning, published Philosophy Professor. I have published on plant-based eating and nonviolence along with multiracial identity.  I also conduct LGBTQ+ Allyship trainings, presentations on applied philosophy, and write for Logan Squarist, If you are interested in collaborating or having me speak, please reach out to me here. I’d love to write for your publication, speak at your campus or organization, or do a cooking demo. I have a YouTube channel on public philosophy if you are interested in hearing me speak.