Chef George


“Food is our common ground, a universal experience”
James Beard

Chef and author George Vutetakis learned “the language of food” as a young boy in his Greek grandmother’s kitchen. It was there that he was first exposed to the value of cultural traditions in cooking. His discoveries continued with travels to India, where he learned traditional food preparation methods. Today, using time-honored techniques as his guide, he weaves the Mediterranean and Indian flavors of his youth into many of his extraordinary plant-based dishes. His reputation as a leader in the creation of delicious, healthy and innovative vegetarian cuisine using fresh, unadulterated ingredients flourished as chef and owner of the award winning Inn Season Cafe in Royal Oak, Michigan. After nearly two decades, Chef George sold the restaurant and began writing and teaching. He shares his vast food knowledge and delicious vegan recipes on his popular blog www.thevegetarianguy.comand in his cookbook, Vegetarian Traditions.After nearly eight years in San Diego, he returned to Michigan to work with Garden Fresh Gourmet as Director of Research and Development.  In addition to working with one of the leading companies in the fresh food industry, he continues to immerse himself in the community, working with the local organic farmers, whom he regards as the real heroes behind the creation of his world-class cuisine.

George’s book Vegetarian Traditions, Favorite Recipes From My Years at the Legendary Inn Season Cafe is now available.

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Encinitas Meditations from George Vutetakis on Vimeo.

2 Replies to “Chef George”

  1. Hi George,
    I thought of you today and tried to look you up, and found your blog. I had my Empty Bowls book out, as the students at Groves are going to do an Empty Bowls meal. I brought in my book with pictures & all the documentation.
    It looks like you and Sarah are still renovating. We are too, but we are almost done with our current home.

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