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New York’s Famed Met Gala Event Goes Plant-Based for the First Time in History

For the first time in its history, New York’s largest fundraising event Met Gala will be featuring a 100% plant-based menu with recipes from a group of 10 chefs.

These chefs are cookbook authors and/or restaurant owners, who have been carefully selected by restaurateur and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and Bon Appetit.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”. The charity event, slated for September 13th, will exhibit fall and spring styles as well as touch upon associations with issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Chefs cooking at Met Gala 2021 (Image credit: Vogue)

The decision to offer a plant-based menu is in line with modern American appetites. With several fine-dining restaurants around the country exploring plant-based cuisines, the major change of palate and shift in vision within the industry is notable.

In May this year, one of New York’s top fine dining restaurants with three Michelin stars, Eleven Madison Park (EMP) announced that it is going completely plant-based. The restaurant decided to eliminate all meat-centric dishes from its menu and now offers a range of vegan dishes.

In an interview with Bloomberg, EMP’s chef-owner Daniel Humm said, “A piece of fish, meat—there aren’t that many different ways to prepare them. If you have a beet, an eggplant, the opportunities feel endless.”

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Several other top restaurants such as ‘Din Tai Fung’ that serves Taiwanese cuisine has launched a new vegan menu, while Alexis Gauthier-owned brasserie ‘Gauthier’ has gone 100% plant based.

Gauthier commented on the move, “There are no animal products in the restaurant whatsoever, not even in the chef’s pocket. I’m vegan myself; it would be unethical for me to profit from selling dead animals.”

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With Met Gala now following suit, the focus on plant-based foods will get even more attention.

“We thought it was important to really talk about what’s present, what’s happening—how food is changing in America,” Samuelsson quoted. “We want to be the future of American food, of plant-based food. That conversation is happening now.”

The illustrious list of chefs includes Fariyal Abdullahi, Nasim Alikhani, Emma Bengtsson, Lazarus Lynch, Junghyun Park, Erik Ramirez, Thomas Raquel, Sophia Roe, Simone Tong, and Fabian von Hauske.

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