One of New York’s top fine dining restaurants ditch the meat and opt for a plant-based menu after its chef and owner posted a post on their website saying the modern food system was’ just not sustainable “.
Daniel Humm is the driving force behind Eleven Madison Park, which has won three Michelin stars and is one of the biggest names in Manhattan’s elite food scene.
The restaurant closed during the coronavirus pandemic but is now preparing to reopen in a way that risks shocking many of its pre-pandemic customers, who have opened their wallets for its famous American cuisine, often with meat-centric dishes. .
“We have always operated with sensitivity to the impact we have on our environment, but it was becoming increasingly clear that the current food system is simply not sustainable in many ways… It was clear that afterwards all we’ve all been through this year, we couldn’t open the same restaurant, ”Humm said in a statement posted on the restaurant’s website.
“We have made the decision to serve a plant-based menu in which we do not use any animal products – each dish is made up of vegetables, land and sea, as well as fruits, legumes, mushrooms. , grains, and much more, ”he added.
This news is the latest push – and possibly the most upscale – for those looking to steer people away from meat. Last week, the Epicurious Cooking website said it would not be releasing new beef recipes out of concern about the damage livestock farming is doing to the environment and how it is accelerating the climate crisis. On the other end of the Humm’s restaurant spectrum, many large American fast food chains, such as Burger King, are now offering meat substitutes.