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Eleven Madison Park is World’s First Plant-Based 3 Star Restaurant

To be clear, chef Daniel Humm had 3 Michelin stars when he decided to take animal products off the menu of his NYC fine dining institution Eleven Madison Park — the news is that he kept them after courageously shifting to a plant-based menu  in 2021.

11 Madison Park is the world's first plant-based 3 star restaurant - Antagonist

October 12, 2022

Words — Eric Mirbach
Photos — Evan Sung / Eleven Madison Park

Before the pandemic, Eleven Madison Park, one of the best restaurants in the world, was famous for its smoked lavender honey glazed duck and butter poached lobster.

When Humm reopened Eleven Madison Park last summer, however, he announced that “we’ve made the decision to serve a plant-based menu in which we do not use any animal products.”

Every dish , from then on, was to be made from vegetables, both from the earth and the sea, as well as fruits, legumes, fungi, grains and so much more, said Humm.

11 Madison Park is the world's first plant-based 3 star restaurant - Antagonist

Novelty Taste Through Innovation

Since dropping animal products, Humm and his team turned to new techniques to ensure a great, novelty taste experience — such as working with Brooklyn biotech company Kingdom Supercultures to create a signature sunflower butter by means of microbial fermentation.

The Michelin Guide has Spoken

And this week, it’s been made official: The Michelin Guide announced that Eleven Madison Park would retain its three Michelin stars — making it the first plant-based restaurant in the world with that high a rating.

11 Madison Park is the world's first plant-based 3 star restaurant - Antagonist
11 Madison Park is the world's first plant-based 3 star restaurant - Antagonist
11 Madison Park is the world's first plant-based 3 star restaurant - Antagonist

“I’m grateful to our guests for believing in our vision and encouraging us to push harder.”

Humm took to Instagram to share how he’s “beyond grateful to the team” as well as to “our guests and partners who believed in our vision and encouraged us to push harder.”

Congratulations to Humm & team — very well deserved! We think. Because haven’t tasted the menu yet.

How long exactly is that waiting list atm, Mr. Humm?

11 Madison Park, New York - New Vegan Menu - Antagonist

Before reopening after the pandemic, Chef Daniel Humm made an astonishing announcement: Eleven Madison Park would ditch animal products for a high-end plant-based menu.

Here’s what it tastes like.

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