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An Ode to Veggies

Alexandra Paretta / October 1, 2015

Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott

We’re celebrating World Vegetarian Day by highlighting some of the world’s leading chefs and restaurants offering vegetarian cuisine. With an ever-growing population of vegetarians, the demand for meatless options at restaurant when dining out is at an all time high. See how innovative minds from around the world are transforming our plates, palates, and appreciation for the natural goodness that mother nature has to offer.

Whether it’s for health reasons, religious or ethical purposes, or making strides to conserve the earth’s natural resources, more and more people are embracing the idea of a vegetarian diet. For those of us who aren’t exactly convinced to give up meat all together, “meatless mondays” is a buzz worthy idea for even the most carnivourous eaters.

In honor of World Vegetarian Day, we’ve compiled just a few of our favorite meat-free dishes from great chefs and restaurants around the world. Who said vegetarian cooking couldn’t be cool?

Bras

Chef Michel Bras
Laguiole, France

Bras

By chef Michel Bras at Bras. © Bras

Bras

By chef Michel Bras at Bras. © Bras

 L’Arpege

Chef Alain Passard
Paris, France

Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott

Ratatouille with grilled vegetables by chef Alain Passard of L’Arpege. © Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott

Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott

Fruit salad with a thousand flavors by chef Alain Passard of L’Arpege. © Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott

Fu He Hui

Chef Tony Lu
Shanghai, China

Fu He Hui

By chef Tony Lu of Fu He Hui, Shanghai. © Fu He Hui

Fu He Hui

By chef Tony Lu of Fu He Hui, Shanghai. © Fu He Hui

 

The Test Kitchen

Chef Luke Dale-Roberts
Cape Town, South Africa

The Test Kitchen

Baby roma tomatoes and gooseberries in basil & black pepper syrup, strachiatella, yoghurt snowballs, olive tuiles, basil granite by chef Luke Dale-Roberts. © The Test Kitchen

Jan Bartelsman

Home dried tomato by chef Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen. © Jan Bartelsman

Tian

Chef Paul Ivic
Vienna, Austria

Isabella Abel

Vegetable Garden by chef Paul Ivic of Tian. © Isabella Abel

Isabella Abel

Cabbage soup by chef Paul Ivic of Tian. © Isabella Abel

Acorn

Chef Brian Skinner
Vancouver, Canada

Acorn

By chef Brian Skinner of Acorn. © Acorn

Acorn

By chef Brian Skinner of Acorn. © Acorn

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A thrill-seeker who enjoys venturing into the unknown, as long as there is a surrounding of good food, music, and conversation.

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