14-Year-Old Chef Is peta2’s ‘Young Animal Activist of the Year’

The 13th Annual Libby Awards Honor the Young Stars Who Are Pushing Animal Rights Ahead

For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Atlanta – Every year, the Libby Awards from peta2, PETA’s youth division, honor the athletes, musicians, actors, YouTubers, and other stars who’ve pushed animal rights forward—and this year, Atlanta-based cooking phenom Shi Curry (aka “Shi LaChef”) nabbed the title of Best Young Animal Activist in the 13th annual Libby Awards. “Libby” is short for “liberation”—as in “animal liberation.”

At just 14 years old, Shi LaChef has already accumulated a dedicated following who swear by her delicious vegan dishes, from the popular Easy Peasy Pita Pizza to her Sweet and Sour Cauliflower, Quinoa Taco Salad, Veggie Lentil Spaghetti, and more. She regularly holds cooking workshops, seminars, and demonstrations. She’s published a vegan cookbook (S.N.A.C. It Up!) and even had her cooking lessons incorporated into the Atlanta Public Schools curriculum—and she received a seal of approval from then-President Barack Obama, who signed her cookbook.

“Animals and young people alike have a true ally in this accomplished, compassionate, immensely talented young chef,” says peta2 Senior Director Marta Holmberg. “peta2 is recognizing Shi LaChef for whipping up fun, healthy vegan meals that show her generation that there’s simply no need to mutilate and kill animals for food.”

peta2—whose motto is “Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”—also awarded Libbys to Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan (Best Athlete for Animals) and Disney Channel star Dove Cameron (Best Celeb Tweet for Animals), among others. The full list of winners is available here.

peta2 offers a “Guide to Going Vegan” on its website. For more information, please visit peta2.com.

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