The Vegan Woman’s 2013 Panel of Judges





Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has dedicated her life to empowering people to make informed food choices, to debunking myths about veganism, to being a voice for animals, and to giving people the tools and resources they need to live according to their own values of compassion and wellness. Using her unique blend of passion, humor, and common sense, Colleen adeptly addresses the ethical, social, and practical aspects of a compassionate lifestyle. 

A powerful writer, talented chef, and exhilarating speaker, she is the author of five books, including the award-winning The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, and Vegan’s Daily Companion. The first volume in her new “Joyful Vegan” book series, entitled On Being Vegan, is due out in April 2013. With a command of traditional and new media, Colleen is the creator of the popular online multimedia program, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge; the host and producer of the life-changing podcast Vegetarian Food for Thought; and she delivers inspiring lectures around the country. She has appeared on the Food Network and PBS and is a contributor to National Public Radio and The Christian Science Monitor.


Brian Patton

Brian L. Patton is the executive chef for Vegin’ Out, Los Angeles’s premier vegan delivery service. This quintessential “regular dude” started posting instructional vegan cooking videos on YouTube as his witty, ukulele-playing alter ego “The Sexy Vegan,” and quickly gained a large following.

In addition to authoring “The Sexy Vegan Cookbook: Extraordinary Food from an Ordinary Dude,” and “The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home,” Brian has also been featured on The New York Times and The Huffington Post, and has garnered much praise from vegan authorities such as VegNews Magazine,, and countless others in the vegan community. Brian also offers his raucous cooking demonstrations at stores, restaurants, conferences, and on television throughout Southern California and in his travels around the country.



Natalie Houlding

Vegan recipe creator, professional photographer, prolific columnist, armchair activist and much more. Natalie Houlding’s passion for wanting a better world not just for people, but for our animal friends led her to first understanding and then becoming Vegan through extensive research.

Originally from Israel and now living in England, Natalie, The Vegan Woman’s food columnist, runs her own photography business with her husband Terry. She has exploited her love and skill in photography and turned her focus from people to include food so that she can share her innate desire to educate others of the joys and simplicity of vegan cooking. This led to the creation of her own successful blog and Natalie quickly became a celebrated columnist in Israel with her own large following.

Natalie continues to broaden her culinary knowledge, testing it on a willing and hungry husband and her 3 year old daughter Ocean; in the belief that to show more people how to lead a vegan lifestyle, they have to be drawn willingly into it, with exciting recipes and beautiful presentation.


Emily Segal

Emily Segal is The Vegan Woman’s health and nutrition columnist, and the founder of Triumph Wellness, an International Nutrition Counseling Practice. .

She is a board certified holistic health coach, specializing in Plant-Based Nutrition, Sugar Addiction, Emotional Eating and Sports Nutrition.

Emily is a married mother of two who spends a lot of time in the kitchen preparing delicious vegan dishes. When not cooking, or working with her wonderful clients from all over the world on improving their health, Emily can be found out on the road training for her next marathon.

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