Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White is introducing vegan dishes to his steakhouse menu using a meat substitute never seen in Nottingham before.
The restaurant, at Alea in Wollaton Street, is the first venue in the city to offer dishes with plant-based products from pioneering Israeli-based food company Redefine Meat.
The no-nonsense chef and celebrity restaurateur hopes diners will enjoy the new dishes that sit alongside the menu’s regular favorites of grilled and roasted meats and native-bred beef.
The new product was used to create a vegan bolognese that features on the restaurant’s winter menu.
Marco said: “There is a place for all types of menus and the increase in plant-based dishes reflects what more and more customers now want.
“The world needs to eat less meat, but the reality is that so far plant-based meat products have fallen far short of the quality and versatility required for our menus.
“Redefine Meat’s products expand the plant industry beyond ground meat products to whole muscle cuts while giving you all the sustainability and health benefits of plants without compromising on taste and texture.”
“In the past, there was definitely a stereotype of vegan people, but with more millennials and young people turning to the diet, that’s completely gone.”
As the number of vegan dishes increases, the chef, who has been labeled the original “enfant terrible”, wishes to clarify that this will not compromise the rest of its menus, which will satisfy all tastes and all diets.
The celebrity chef once followed a vegan diet, cutting out meat, fish and dairy.
He said: “I went on a vegan diet once and although I went back to what I would call a more balanced diet, I certainly lost a lot of weight.
Marco added: “I learned a lot when I was on the vegan diet and gave me a great insight into what makes a good vegan recipe. You can’t expect to come up with a vegetable lasagna or a moussaka vegetarian afterwards.
“What we’ve done is develop recipes and combinations that not only appeal, but also appeal to those who now enjoy a vegan diet.
“I’m in the business of feeding people and feeding them well in a pleasant environment with great service and that’s what I think we’ve achieved with the new line of plant-based meals.”
The rise in plant-based dishes comes as more and more diners turn to a plant-based diet, and with big stars such as Sir Lewis Hamilton going vegan, the lifestyle choice becomes increasingly popular.
Helping to reduce obesity, blood pressure and reduce levels of type 2 diabetes, many are also switching for health reasons and using Veganuary as a starting point for their new diet.
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