Portrait of Daniel Humm, head chef at Eleven Madison Park restaurant in New York City.
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Elf Madison Park is considered one of the best restaurants in New York City and the world – and from next month it will also be completely meat-free and almost completely vegan.
“If Eleven Madison Park is truly at the forefront of culinary and culinary innovation, I understand this is the only place to go next,” Executive Chef Daniel Humm told the Wall Street Journal in an interview posted on Was released Monday morning.
The restaurant on 24th Street and Madison Avenue will reopen in person on June 10th with a menu described on the website as “Eight- to Ten-Course in the Main Dining Room, All Plant-Based”.
Humm told the Journal the restaurant will continue to allow milk and honey for coffee and tea, which means it won’t be entirely vegan.
Either way, given the importance of the restaurant, the change is likely to have a huge impact on the world of fine dining. Elf Madison Park has three Michelin stars, four New York Times stars, seven James Beard Awards and a 2017 award for best restaurant in the world.
Humm told NPR that the restaurant’s downtime during the pandemic made him think about sustainability and ultimately made him switch to plant-based foods.
“The way we got our food, how we consume our food, how we eat meat is not sustainable,” Humm said in an NPR interview.