When Eleven Madison Park reopens in June in New York, its $ 335 tasting menu will be derived entirely from “vegetables, both land and sea, as well as fruits, legumes, mushrooms, grains and more.” Daniel Humm, the restaurant’s chef and owner, said in a statement. Milk and honey will still be offered for tea and coffee, Hmmm said, but otherwise the menu will be entirely vegan.
“I find myself most moved and inspired by dishes that center on impeccably prepared veggies, and I’ve naturally turned to a more plant-based diet,” Humm said. “This decision was inspired by the challenge of knowing our ingredients more in depth and pushing ourselves creatively. “
The move comes as the food and catering world has started to reconsider its relationship with meat and to take action to address the impact of animal-based diets on the environment and human health. health. Popular cooking website Epicurious recently announced that it will no longer be posting recipes featuring beef and fast food giants likeand dunkin ‘began to offer .
In a statement, Humm said the decision to stop serving meat and seafood at Eleven Madison Park stemmed from environmental concerns exposed by the pandemic, noting that “it was becoming increasingly clear that the current food system is simply not sustainable, in many ways. “
“It was clear that after everything we’ve all been through this year, we couldn’t open the same restaurant,” Humm said.
While Eleven Madison Park has been closed due to the pandemic, Humm said his team was busy developing vegan alternatives to staples, like vegetable broths and plant-based milks, butters and creams.
The move could prove to be a risk for Eleven Madison Park, a restaurant with more awards and accolades than almost any other restaurant in the world. It holds four stars from the New York Times, the newspaper’s highest rating; it is one of 14 restaurants in the United States to have three Michelin stars; and in 2017 it was named the best restaurant in the world. Currently, only one of the 135 Michelin-starred restaurants in the world does not serve meat or seafood: King’s Joy in Beijing. In January, the Michelin guide awarded its first star to an all-vegan restaurant, ONA in Bordeaux, France.
Humm said he was convinced the move would be “a risk to be taken.”
“I’m not going to lie, sometimes I’m up in the middle of the night, thinking about the risk we take of giving up dishes that once defined us,” he said. “But then I go back to the kitchen and see what we’ve created. “