Top restaurant in New York, Eleven Madison Park, is ditching animal products and going 100% plant-based.
Eleven Madison Park, the winner of three Michelin stars, is ditching meat and going 100% plant-based instead.
The top New York restaurant is headed up by Daniel Humm, a top name in Manhattan’s foodie scene.
Humm posted a message on the restaurant’s website this week, explaining the reasoning behind the sudden dietary change:
“We have always operated with sensitivity to the impact we have on our surroundings, but it was becoming ever clearer that the current food system is simply not sustainable, in so many ways …
“It was clear that after everything we all experienced this past year, we couldn’t open the same restaurant.”
Before the pandemic, Eleven Madison Park served up a variety of meat-centric dishes in American cuisine, and it had gained a loyal following of high-paying patrons.
The restaurant is understandably anticipating some pushback from the decision to ditch animal products, but the change will entice new customers interested in plant-based dining.
‘Naturally gravitated towards a more plant-based diet’
Humm continued on the Eleven Madison Park website:
“We’ve made the decision to serve a plant-based menu in which we do not use any animal products – every dish is made from vegetables, both from the earth and the sea, as well as fruits, legumes, fungi, grains, and so much more.
“I find myself most moved and inspired by dishes that centre impeccably prepared vegetables, and have naturally gravitated towards a more plant-based diet.
“We asked ourselves: What are the most delicious aspects of our dishes, and how could we achieve the same level of flavour and texture without meat?”
Eleven Madison Park is following in the footsteps of London’s fine-dining restaurant Gauthier, which also went 100% plant-based last month.
We hope that more restaurants continue the trajectory towards fully plant-based cuisine and that a global shift is on the way!
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