Eleven Madison Park, one of the world’s most famous – and expensive – fine dining establishments, on Monday announced plans to operate as a plant-based and almost fully vegan restaurant and become one of the most prominent names in hospitality to stop serving pet-based Products.
When Eleven Madison Park reopens in June in New York City, its $ 335 tasting menu comes entirely from “vegetables, both ground and sea, as well as fruits, legumes, mushrooms, grains and so much more,” Daniel Humm, the restaurant’s chef and owner, said in a statement. Milk and honey will still be offered for tea and coffee, Humm said, but otherwise the menu will be completely vegan.
“I find myself most moved and inspired by dishes that center on impeccably cooked vegetables and have naturally drawn to a more plant-based diet,” Humm said. “This decision was inspired by the challenge of getting to know our ingredients more deeply and pushing ourselves creatively.”
The move comes as the world of food and eating has begun to reconsider its relationship with meat and take steps to address the impact that the diet product diet has on the environment and health. The popular cooking site Epicurious recently announced that it would no longer publish recipes with beef and fast food giants likeand Dunkin ‘has started offering .
In a statement, Humm said the decision to stop serving meat and seafood at Eleven Madison Park stemmed from environmental concerns revealed by the pandemic, noting that “it became increasingly clear that the current food system is simply unsustainable,” so many ways. “
“It was clear that after all that we all experienced in the past year, we could not open the same restaurant,” Humm said.
While Eleven Madison Park is closed due to the pandemic, Humm said his team has been busy developing vegan-friendly alternatives to staple cooking, such as vegetable broth and plant-based milk, butter and creams.
The move could prove to be a risk for Eleven Madison Park, a eatery with more awards and accolades than almost any other restaurant in the world. It features four stars from The New York Times, the newspaper’s highest rating; it is one of only 14 restaurants in the United States that has three Michelin stars; and in 2017 it was named the world’s best restaurant. Currently, only one of the world’s 135 Michelin-starred restaurants does not serve meat or seafood: King’s Joy in Beijing. In January, the Michelin guide gave its first star to a fully vegan restaurant, ONA in Bordeaux, France.
Humm said he is convinced the move will be “a risk worth taking.”
“I’m not going to lie, sometimes I’m up in the middle of the night thinking about the risk we’re taking to give up dishes that once defined us,” he said. “But then I go back to the kitchen and see what we’ve created.”