To earn a Michelin star in the culinary world means to excel to such a degree that you are considered at the top of the top in terms of food quality, delivery, and overall dining experience. To do so means to impress your diner, peers, and the judges who scrutinise every detail of a restaurant’s operation. So when one of New York’s top restaurants and 3-star Michelin awarded chef Daniel Humm decides that his premiere restaurant Eleven Madison Park is going to go 100% vegan when it reopens in June, you certainly need to take note.
The restaurant has been closed throughout the pandemic and is set to reopen on the 10th of June 2021.
For a chef who specialized in foie gras and honey glazed duck, this is a huge step forward and one that we can’t wait to see take place. He has stated publicly that we can expect to see vegetable broths, plant-based creams and butters, and fermented ingredients. The only exception to the plant-based menu will be honey and milk served with the tea, but again this is still I giant step forward that the whole food menu will be completely plant-based.
He said recently:
“It is time to redefine luxury as an experience that serves a higher purpose and maintains a genuine connection to the community,” he wrote. “A restaurant experience is about more than what’s on the plate. We are thrilled to share the incredible possibilities of plant-based cuisine while deepening our connection to our homes: both our city and our planet.”
“I’m excited to share that we’ve made the decision to serve a plant-based menu in which we do not use any animal products — every dish is made from vegetables, both from the earth and the sea, as well as fruits, legumes, fungi, grains, and so much more,”
Humm recently chatted with one of the great podcasters, Guy Raz of the How I Built This Podcast which you can listen to below to learn more about his philosophy and future plans:
We are incredibly excited to see not only the opening of this fine dining establishment as a vegan restaurant but the others that will no doubt follow suit in the coming years.
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