About reno vegan chef challenge

“Bringing Vegan Dining into the Mainstream”

Vegan Chef Challenge started in Sacramento, CA in 2011 and has been widely successful. The mission of Vegan Chef Challenge is, “Bringing Vegan Dining into the Mainstream.” We achieve this goal by challenging chefs to create new healthy, tasty, and satisfying vegan dishes which can appeal to all diners, not only vegan diners. Many Sacramento chefs have proved this is possible.

In 2018, 33 restaurants, catering companies, and delis in the greater Sacramento area participated in the 8th Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge. Vegan Chef Challenge is not only highly anticipated by the local vegan/vegetarian community every year, but also enjoyed by every foodie who loves healthy, tasty, and satisfying plant-based options.

Many restaurants see a noticeable increase of customer base due to the event and incorporate their Vegan Chef Challenge menus into their regular menu (e.g Pho Fresh, Lou Sushi, Mayahuel). Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge, as well as their other vegan dining event Burger Battle, receive extensive media coverage every year.

We are bringing this event to Reno for the first time this year.


Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge Chef Interviews


About Organizers

We are a team of vegan friends & volunteers committed to organizing and promoting community-wide, vegan-friendly events & raising awareness throughout Reno/Sparks area about the benefits of plant-based lifestyle. We are partnered with Vegan Outreach (a 501(c)3 non profit organization) & network with local vegan groups toward these goals, striving to increase the availability of healthy, tasty, and satisfying vegan dining options throughout our community. The Reno Vegan Chef Challenge team is lead by organizer Gehn Shibayama with several volunteers Juliette Arnold, John Davis, Emma Farrell, Kelly Farrell, and Sail Horton (alphabetical order).

Gehn “super vegan” Shibayama

Gehn Shibayama has been vegan for 6 years and a Reno resident for 5 years. He is an active organizer of Reno's largest vegan group VegNV with over 730 members. He loves nature, and he loves to hike. In 2018, he hiked the entire 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 188 days, eating only vegan foods. A fellow PCT hiker gave him his trail name “Super Vegan.”

Team meeting on March 3, 2019

Questions? Please contact Gehn Shibayama at renoveganchefchallenge@gmail.com. A Reno Vegan Chef Challenge Team member will follow up with you within 1-2 business days.