Fine dining takes a new direction

Plant-based meals aren’t anything new, but 2021 was the year they went luxe. Chefs are elevating the experience of fine dining thanks to plant derived ingredients. Whether driven by efforts to be healthier, more sustainable, or cruelty-free, the culinary industry is listening to what consumers care about, especially Gen Z and Millennials. Cassandra data shows that nearly 1 in 10 U.S. youth describe their diet as vegetarian, but these dishes are so delicious that even meat eaters want in on the action. Read below to learn more about how gourmet is going green.


For the first time ever, the MET gala meal is going to be 100% plant-based. Inspired by modern American cuisine, these dishes will surely be made in style. Rather than the typical catered meals, recipes will be curated by 10 New York-based chefs, an ode to the city and it’s pandemic recovery. Chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson explained that the dishes will “represent what the food scene in New York today looks like… [and] what the next generation of food looks like, tastes like, where it lives… We want to be the future of American food, of plant-based food. That conversation is happening now.”


One of the best restaurants in the world now has an entirely meatless menu. New York's Eleven Madison Park now creates fresh and flavorful meals grounded in “impeccably-prepared vegetables.” During the pandemic, Chef Daniel Humm was inspired to use food in a way that positively impacts people and the planet, explaining “The current food system is simply not sustainable… It is time to redefine luxury as an experience that serves a higher purpose and maintains a genuine connection to the community.” As an industry leader, their vegan approach is believed to make a major impact on culinary culture, inspiring all types of restaurants to follow suit.


San Francisco-based Atelier Crenn isn’t just elegant, it’s eco-friendly. The restaurant’s modern meals can be described as fresh French, using natural, innovative ingredients to enhance health and minimize environmental impact. Crenn explained to Vogue, “I’ve always had the philosophy that food is medicine… For me, it was about going back to basics and really reconnecting with nature — for my sake, but also for the planet’s sake. Eating is an act of activism.” The restaurant has clearly perfected plant-based meals, as it’s been named one of the best 50 restaurants in the world and is the recipient of three Michelin stars.

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