Vegan!! The word a lot of chefs, throughout history, have dreaded to hear. The term itself can spark thoughts amongst some people’s minds of, cress, seeds or bird food!
This is a bit of an archaic way of thinking and one I have personally always thought meant lack of imagination or knowledge. The world is full of rich and delicious food cultures that are plant based based cuisines and where the need to add butter, cream, cheese etc.. simply doesn’t exist. Certain world renowned chefs have picked up the plant based style of cooking and taken it all to a whole new level.
Inspiring Plant Based Chefs
Jeremy Fox, who shot to fame cooking vegan dishes at Ubuntu in San Francisco, has always been an idol of mine and his book “on vegetables “ is one of the favourites in my cookbook collection.
Daniel Humm from one of the best restaurants in the world, Eleven Maddison Park, has recently changed the whole menu to a plant based one and Michelin starred chefs from all over the world, watch in awe at some the creations he posts out to the world. I really do think this will be a style that chefs will follow for years to come.
So I Challenge You!
Try and make one of your meals this week a plant based one. The internet is full of great dishes and plant based alternatives to our usual meat based ingredients and these are in pretty much available in every supermarket now, so it’s really not that hard!
This one for Hasselback Butternut Squash is one of my favourites.
Variety is the spice of life, as they say, so swap it up a bit and try something new. You never know, you just might like it.