The Met Gala is the world’s most lavish party thrown annually. While the red carpet guests steal the show every year, this year’s highlight is the decision to serve only vegan dishes. Ten up-and-coming New York based chefs will be curating the special menu

What comes to your mind when you hear the word party? Food, right? Because amidst all the pomp, people, conversations and gossip, food ends up being the heart of every party. It just ties everyone at the event together. So when it comes to the gold standard of parties – the Met Gala, food must definitely be out of this world. That’s exactly what the event Chairwoman Anna Wintour asked her brand adviser Marcus Samuelsson to do for this year’s event in September. And the result: the guests at this year’s Met Gala event will be served only plant-based dishes. Bidding adieu to catered food served every year, the organisers this year have gone an extra mile to bring together ten New York based chefs to specially curate the vegan menu. 

The American Theme

The theme for this year’s party is: ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’. To the organisers introducing a vegan menu seemed apt as veganism is increasingly becoming popular in America. Restaurants in the city are also introducing vegan alternatives on their menus. Calling this their way of supporting the Americans’ vegan way of life, Marcus told Bon Appétit, “We thought it was important to really talk about what’s present, what’s happening—how food is changing in America. We want to be the future of American food, of plant-based food. That conversation is happening now.”

Wintour had urged Marcus to bring in talented chefs from New York, where the event will be happening. She specifically asked for chefs who had unique stories to tell, Marcus said. Taking up the challenge he finally got hold of 10 supremely skilled chefs namely Junghyun Park, Fabian von Hauske, Erik Ramirez, Fariyal Abdullahi, Lazarus Lynch, Nasim Alikhani, Sophia Roe, Thomas Raquel, Emma Bengtsson and Simone Tong. They will all be collaborating to decide the whole menu and present it to the esteemed guests attending the event.

These chefs are a unique group of food activists, restaurant owners, TV personalities and cookbook authors. Based in New York, the group represents the culinary scene in the city. Being from the city, they will be able to showcase what the next generation of food looks and tastes like, feels Samuelsson. He wants guests to remember this and the future Galas not only for fashion but also for the food served at the event. 

Vogue has started posting videos by these up-and-coming chefs to introduce them to the world. In the videos, they are seen making different vegan recipes such as summer watermelon salad, vegan baked potatoes and burdock mini gimbap. The vegan recipes are well explained and one can easily make them at home. 

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