Eleven Madison Park, one of the most famous – and expensive – gourmet restaurants, announced on Monday its plans to operate as a vegetable and almost entirely vegan restaurant, becoming one of the most famous names in hospitality to stop serving. animal products.
When Eleven Madison Park reopens in New York in June, its $ 335 tasting menu will be entirely derived from “vegetables, both from land and sea, as well as fruits, legumes, mushrooms, grains and more.” others, ”Daniel Humm, the chef and owner of the restaurant, said in a statement. Milk and honey will still be available for tea and coffee, Hum said, but otherwise the menu will be entirely vegan.
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This move came when the world of food and nutrition began to reconsider its relationship with meat and take steps to address the environmental and health effects of a diet with animal products. The popular cooking website Epicurious recently announced that it will no longer publish recipes with beef and fast food giants such asand Dunkin ‘began offering .
In a statement, Hume said the decision to stop serving meat and seafood at Eleven Madison Park stems from environmental concerns unleashed by the pandemic, noting that “it is becoming increasingly clear that the current food system is simply not sustainable in so many ways. “
“It was clear that after everything we all went through last year, we couldn’t open the same restaurant,” Hum said.
While Eleven Madison Park was closed due to the pandemic, Hume said his team was busy developing cooking alternatives suitable for vegans, such as vegetable broths and vegetable milks, oils and creams.
This move could be a risk for Eleven Madison Park, a restaurant with more awards and honors than almost any other restaurant in the world. It contains four stars from The New York Times, the newspaper’s highest rating; it is one of only 14 restaurants in the United States that have three Michelin stars; and in 2017 it was named the best restaurant in the world. Currently, only one of Michelin’s 135 three-star restaurants does not serve meat or seafood: King’s Joy in Beijing. In January, the Michelin guide gave his first star to a completely vegan restaurant, ONA in Bordeaux, France.
Hume said he was confident the move would be “a worthwhile risk”.
“I will not lie, sometimes I am awake in the middle of the night, thinking about the risk we are taking, abandoning the dishes that once determined us,” he said. “But then I go back to the kitchen and see what we’ve created.”