Name: Del Sroufe

Restaurant: Wellness Forum Foods, 510 E. Wilson Bridge Road.

Hometown: Columbus

Background: Chef Sroufe studied human resource management at The Ohio State University but didn't like it. He worked at the King Avenue Coffeehouse in 1989 as an assistant manager and eventually became kitchen manager and baker.
In 1989, he started his own vegan bakery, Del's Bread, inside the Clintonville Community Market. Sroufe moved the bakery to the North Market in July of 2000 and closed it a year later. He then started a vegan personal chef service out of his home while working part time at Benevolence Cafe for about a year, where he also taught cooking classes. He came to the Wellness Forum in August 2006.

Most memorable kitchen experience: It actually happened recently. I catered a meal for some famous doctors: Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic; Dr T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study; and of course, my business partner and friend Dr. Pam Popper, all of whom are a part of "Forks over Knives," a documentary about the relationship between diet and health. My food gets to appear in the final scene of the documentary with these docs and their patients eating the meal together. I also have a few memorable kitchen spills, like 35 pounds of oil, but I try to forget those.

Best thing about the Columbus dining scene: Columbus has become a truly ethnically diverse town, and it shows in the restaurant scene. If you are vegetarian or vegan many chefs are willing and excited to make something special for you.