Chef Leslie Durso

The glowing and smiling face of a fresher plant-based movement

She is the ambassador of a new, flavorful plant-based cuisine that embraces tradition but innovates at the same time, while refusing to compromise style for sustainability. Globally recognised not only as a superstar vegan chef, but also as a healthy-living educator, Leslie has been recently engaged by luxury hotel brand Four Seasons to create plant-based menus and recipes for their Mexican resort in Punta Mita.

We spent a day with her in Milan, roaming the shopping streets and vegan restaurants of the Italian capital of fashion, chatting about life, sharing thoughts, concerns and hopes for the future. We share a lot with her, especially our commitment to a cruelty-free world!


“Keep your heels, head, and standards high” - Coco Chanel

Favourite piece and how do you wear it?  I love all my Nemanti pieces, I think my Arona shoes. They are so comfortable! I love pairing them with a pencil skirt and blouse. I wear them everywhere!
Happy When: I’m on a walk on the beach with my dog at sunset
The best gift ever: Being taught to cook by my mother
The project you are proud of: Creating the vegan menus for the Four Seasons, Punta Mita
In the suitcase: Lots of food and shoes!
Favorite food: My Great Grandmother’s ravioli 
Favorite city to live: Los Angeles
Two “special” spots in the world: Ravello, Italy and the Galapagos Islands
Never:  Be cruel to people or animals 
Always: Smile!
A tip to help animals: The best way to help animals is to stop eating them. Begin with taking small steps like replacing your milk and butter. Try to eat meatless meals a few times a week.
A tip to help the planet: Stop buying fast-fashion. Buy quality pieces that will last you years, rather than something cheap that will last you a month. Classic style is always in season.
A tip to help people: Do one nice thing for someone everyday.