Recognition of a Michelin star vegan restaurant will make chefs even more excited to take part in promoting sustainability issues. This was stated by Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin guide where he stressed the importance of sustainability and inspired important changes in the culinary landscape.
Like Daniel Humm, chef at Eleven Madison Park restaurant in New York who only reached a new milestone when Eleven Madison Park, was named the first three Michelin star vegan restaurant.
“A vegan menu is a bold vision of fine dining,” reviews the 2022 New York Guide. An achievement that is likely to reverberate across the culinary world.
Humm's previous accolades at Eleven Madison were thanks to popular menu items such as roast pork, braised lobster and glazed duck. But during the 16 months that the pandemic was closing, Humm and his colleagues decided to completely revamp the concept of vegan restaurants in response to the threat posed by climate change.
The shift in the idea of one of the most famous restaurants in the world surprised many. "Post-pandemic I don't want to open the same restaurant," Humm told FT in an interview.
Some critics seemed baffled by the move, with the New York Times writing in a review last year that Humm restaurants were "doing weird things to vegetables". The full 11-course dinner menu at Eleven Madison is priced at $365, which is $30 more than the first 10 vegan menus for June 2021. The new October menu includes celtuce steamed dumplings with salad and avocado , tomato broth with tofu and lemon verbena, corn with rice and chanterelle mushrooms and roasted pumpkin with poblano chili.
Other Michelin Restaurants
Eleven Madison is not the first vegan restaurant to be recognized by Michelin. Last year, the guiding jury awarded ONA one star, led by chef Claire Vallée, making it the first vegan restaurant in France to receive a star.
Humm says he has worked hard to win awards throughout his career, the awards also help motivate staff and attract customers. But he said he didn't know how Michelin would react to the vegan menu, and discussed the possibility of losing a star with staff.
"If we receive the award then it's a great thing, and if we don't, we take a risk and have to accept it too." he said.
The three-star award for Eleven Madison was awarded on October 6, 2022, when Michelin revealed the winner for the New York area. Other three-star winners are Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, Le Bernardin, Masa and Per Se.
Humm hopes the recognition from Michelin will help encourage the industry to look at the possibilities of vegan cooking. "A new world has opened up," he said. "That's what excites me the most."
The vegan concept is not only mushrooming abroad. In Indonesia, it is starting to become a trend, one of which is the Padang Vegan Warung in Bali, which has gone viral because it was shared by a Twitter user @_mardial_, as quoted from Liputan6.com, Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Absolutely do not use meat or its derivatives on the menu served. The dishes are almost the same as Padang restaurants in general, such as dendeng, rendang and gulai, but they use mushrooms instead of beef.
In the tweet, you can see plates containing side dishes arranged in a row on a glass display case like in Padang restaurants in general. Buyers simply choose what side dishes they want to eat.
This Padang Vegan Warung is known to be located on Jalan Teuku Umar Barat, Denpasar, Bali. Those who choose to go vegan can eat in peace because of the variety of meatless, egg, or dairy-free side dishes served there.
In addition to vegan, the menu served also does not contain MSG. This makes this vegan restaurant a great choice for people who avoid using flavor enhancers.
Vegan Eating Tips
In fact, people who eat more plant-based foods tend to weigh less on average than those who eat meat, dairy, and eggs, according to a 2017 study. Substituting plant protein for animal protein also associated with lower mortality, according to another 2016 study.
Research shows that achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Being overweight can also cause more aches and pains, problems with sleep, low energy and confidence. self.
Nutritionist Jenna Hope reveals that protein helps increase feelings of fullness, also known as feelings of fullness. "Therefore it can keep you full longer than carbohydrates and fats," he said.
Then it is recommended to eat more fiber. "Complex carbohydrates that we can't digest and therefore microbes in the gut eat fiber to grow and survive," explains Hope.
It's also important to remember that just because something is labeled vegan doesn't automatically make it healthy. Packaged foods, even without meat, tend to be highly processed and contain added sugar, fat, and salt.