Miss May is a close and dear personal friend of mine. And I can tell you personally that she is one of the funniest people you will ever be around. Don’t let her serious persona in the kitchen fool you. Because just as mean as she throws down in the kitchen is just as much as she enjoys life. I would love to tell you where you could have the honor of meeting her, but she is so busy traveling the world cooking for so many people and “Wowing” them with her fantastic dishes that you would need your own Queen of Green app just to keep up with her. Cooking for some of Hollywood’s finest to the best athletes on the planet I can say that I have had the pleasure of eating her amazing food and I can tell you, there is not much that comes close to it! Please help me to welcome Miss May Lauren, follow her at @queenofgreen
Lauren Von Der Pool aka Queen of Green aka Gold Fingers aka Lboogie aka Mademoiselle Von Der Pool if you’re nasty!
Where do you live and where are you from?
I am from Washington DC and I live between Miami, Los Angeles and Belize.
Age? 31 aka 25
What do you do for a living/profession? I am the owner of Von Der Pool Gourmet, Inc. An international personal chef and catering company. I am the founder of Von Der Pool Healthy Living Services which is a 501(c)3 that teaches children culinary arts and agricultural awareness. I am also the author of 2 books, Eat Yourself Sexy and Eat Yourself Sexy The Goddess Edition
What do you like to do for fun? I love to sing, dance, meditate, paint, travel, read, listen to audiobooks and do any bondfire style hippie activities. Lol!
How long have you been vegan? I’ve been vegan for 16 years.
Why did you become vegan? I was stabbed and almost died at the age of 16. This incident was my catalyst to change. Living in the food deserted murder Capitol of Washington DC all we had was poisonous foods. When I was stabbed, I somehow woke up to a new reality beyond my immediate environment. I decided to educate myself about all that I was consuming which included, food, thoughts, music, television etc. this was the beginning of my blazing a trail that without me knowing at the time would become the trend of the future.
How was your transition? Overnight! Lol! I read a book called Heal Thyself by Queen Afua in one day. The next day I was a full on raw foodist and I never looked back.
What is the funniest misconception(s) that you have heard about vegans? That we’re all skinny. Lol! Thats clearly not the truth! You eat enough vegan donuts you’re sure to grow a new ass!
What is your Favorite thing(s) about being a vegan?
What Do you think makes a Bad Ass Vegan? A Sexy Bad Ass Vegan is a person that is committed to eating themselves sexy.
.What is the best vegan dish that you make in your kitchen? My best vegan dish is usually create from what I have in my kitchen which varies with the season and country/state I am in. However, if I had to choose a dish I’d choose my Kale Salad Exotica as seen in my book Eat Yourself Sexy. I won the National Farm to School cooking competition for Michelle Obama’s obesity prevention campaign with this salad.
What is the best Vegan Restaurant you have ever had the pleasure of eating at? The best vegan restaurant I’ve ever been to is the one I opened when I was 25 years old in Washington DC, called Cafe Green. It was the only full service 100% vegan restaurant, bar and lounge in DC at the time. We really created have the best food ever!
What advice do you have for those that are thinking of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle? My advice to those transitioning is to educated yourself, have fun, enjoy the process and meet some new people on the same path so you have a support system.
Do you have a website to share with the BAV nation?
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Tia.Blanco
Instagram – @queenofgreen