The 2021 Met Gala menu will be plant-based for the first time in its history. Whipped up by a bunch of 10 up-and-coming New York chefs, the menu is all ready to leave its guests wanting more.
The roster of chefs include Fariyal Abdullahi, Nasim Alikhani, Emma Bengtsson, Lazarus Lynch, Junghyun Park, Erik Ramirez, Thomas Raquel, Sophia Roe, Simone Tong, and Fabian von Hauske.
Chosen by restaurateur-chef Marcus Samuelsson and Bon Appétit, some of them are restaurant owners, while some are cookbook authors.
"I am honored to participate in an initiative that highlights the incredible work of these 10 New York chefs at the Met Gala," said Samuelsson in a press release on Monday.
"After a difficult two years for the restaurant industry, this will showcase the work and tell the stories of a dynamic group of chefs while presenting an exciting menu of delicious, plant-based dishes. The gala offers an incomparable opportunity for emerging talent to elevate their careers and share their perspectives and craft."
Apart from the dress code, the menu also plans to celebrate American culture with sustainable, plant-based canapés, entrées, and desserts, focusing on the interpretation of American cuisine of each chef.
Many in the roster have spearheaded some of the most happening restaurants that have taken New York’s dining scene up a notch. Fabian von Hauske co-owns the Lower East Side hotspot Contra, while Junghyun Park runs Korean fine-dining hotspot Atomix.
Nasim Alikhani’s Sofreh finds itself in “best of Brooklyn” lists, and Emma Bengtsson is the first female Swedish chef to grab two Michelin stars for her excellent work at Aquavit.
Others have featured on the screen with Lazarus Lynch being a two-time Chopped champion and Sophia Roe hosting Counter Space for Vice TV.
"The world looks much different now. There’s nothing to hide behind as we move through a rapidly changing world,” she tells Vogue.
"Climate change, food sovereignty, global value chains, accessibility, species conservation, and industrial accountability must be the driving force in every facet of our lives, and yep, that means fashion too. What better way to integrate these necessary action-forward conversations into the fashion sphere than with the Met Gala?"