Michelin-starred chef Josef Centeno revises menu with vegan cheese
Josef Centeno, who has a Michelin star for Orsa & Winston in Los Angeles, gave one of his menus a partial vegan-friendly overhaul. Celebrity chef at Bar Amá, a Tex-Mex restaurant also located in Los Angeles, now uses dairy-free and vegan cheese from So Delicious in many of Bar Amá’s most popular dishes.
Currently, Centeno uses vegan cheese in their cheddar almond queso and chili relleno, a green chili pepper stuffed with dairy-free cheese. While customers can order the chili relleno with chicken, Centeno also offers a plant-based soyrizo option.
“Cheese is a key ingredient in all of my cooking, but especially at Bar Amá, my Tex-Mex restaurant,” the celebrity chef said in a statement shared with LIVEKINDLY. “After trying the So Delicious cheese alternatives, I realized that it was possible to replace traditional cheese with this delicious plant-based substitute with delicious flavor and texture.”
According to Centeno, the use of vegan cheese in a handful of its dishes makes them more accessible to customers with a variety of dietary requirements and preferences. “Whether the guests are dairy free, vegans, flexitarians or just enjoying good food, I am delighted to be able to offer them more choices on the menu, knowing that the experience will not disappoint them,” he said. -he adds.
Centeno was able to experiment and ultimately cook with vegan So Delicious cheese, as the brand offers free samples of 32-ounce bags of their product to chefs and foodservice operators. “I encourage other chefs and operators to try this new line for themselves,” Centeno noted. “You will find that you can give your guests more options while providing exceptional flavor and texture that customers will love. “
Michelin-starred restaurants embrace plant-based foods
Centeno may be the last Michelin-starred chef to cook vegan dishes, but he’s not the first and certainly won’t be the last. Most notably, the 3 Michelin star restaurant Eleven Madison Park made the decision to go (almost) entirely vegan in May. While the famous New York restaurant still serves milk and honey with coffee and tea, the menu consists only of plant-based dishes.
The idea to use the plants came from award-winning chef and restaurant co-owner Daniel Humm, who has been the executive chef of Eleven Madison Park since 2006. “I am delighted to share that we have made the decision to serve a menu at plant-based in which we do not use any animal products – each dish is made up of vegetables, both from the land and from the sea, as well as fruits, legumes, mushrooms, grains and much more again, ”Humm said in a statement at the time. “My goal is to create these beautiful dishes, to give people beautiful experiences, unexpected and surprising experiences that fill you up, like a meal with meat. “
While some critics have questioned whether diners would shell out $ 335 for a plant-based tasting menu, Eleven Madison Park currently has a waiting list of 15,000 people for reservations. The 11-course menu includes dishes such as summer squash with grilled tofu and lemongrass, and roasted eggplant with tomato and cilantro.
Believe it or not, Eleven Madison Park is actually the second 3-star Michelin restaurant in the world that does not serve meat or seafood. The other plant-based restaurant is King’s Joy in Beijing. Additionally, France got its first Michelin-starred vegan restaurant in January. This restaurant, ONA, is run by self-taught chef Claire Vallée and offers a variety of organic, plant-based dishes prepared with seasonal and local ingredients.
And finally, Michelin-starred chef Alexis Gauthier brought his famous Gauthier Soho restaurant to life in April, removing dishes such as foie gras and risotto from the menu. Gauthier also opened a plant-based cafe called 123 Vegan (123V) in London that serves meatless dishes like mashed avocado on toast and chickpea fries.
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