My name is Karo Tak. What i do i can describe in three words: FOOD. YOGA. ACTIVISM. I cook food, teach Jivamukti Yoga & am a true activist, fighting for what is right. I started this fight from a very young age and i will continue this fight until my very last breath, at least that is the idea. I am known as THE VEGANATOR, it's what i have been calling myself since 2013, what does a veganator do? Well most of all LIVING BY EXAMPLE. Showing people the way to a healthy, plant-based compassionate and happy life style. I have been doing this for many years now. The person who got me on this path is Liam Walsh and i am forever grateful for his presence & guidance in my life.
Born in Holland in 1979 and travelling the world for about half of my life-time. I lived in Sydney for over a decade and i currently live in Lisbon, Portugal with my gorgeous Jack Russell: Sparky & my incredible partner Miguel who is my biggest inspiration. I am also a passionate cyclist, an ink fanatic & singer.
LET THE FOOD DO THE TALKING. I believe in using food as the perfect metaphor for all that matters to me the most. Serving people with incredible good food for which no being was harmed, that's all i want to do in life. I really want to show people what i stand FOR and not what i am AGAINST. I have a super positive approach to life & all i do and i like to think people can taste that, when they eat my food they taste the love, the love for what i do, the love for the people eating the food but mostly the LOVE for ANIMALS worldwide. All i do is for them. Everyday. All the way.
I started my vegan cooking career on board of the the M/Y Bob Barker (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel) in 2012, I released my own cookbook: KARO’S NUTRITIOUS & DELICIOUS CRUELTY-FREE DISHES (2013) & released the German version: ICH BIN EIN VEGANER in June 2014. (I am currently working on the Portuguese version of the book) I started my own vegan company: THE VEGANATOR in 2013 with which i facilitated vegan events, educational programs & cooking workshops all over Sydney and the world. I ran my own catering company, cooked at events, festivals, yoga and meditation retreats. I studied vegan nutrition & worked as a Head Chef at LENTIL AS ANYTHING, Sydney i co-founded and worked as a Head Chef at FOODPRINTZ CAFE a vegan cafe which incorporated yoga, education and mindful living in Lisbon, we ran rather successfully for nearly three years. I also launched my very own vegan cheese line in December 2015: GOPAL CHEESE which I still run right here in Lisbon at O Botanista with the help of Ana Pinto.
LOVE IT! LIVE IT! OWN IT!
This VIDEO represents all i do and why i do it: