A Michelin-starred chef will open a new vegan taco restaurant in Las Vegas

Dominique Crenn, the brains and culinary expertise behind San Francisco’s three-star Michelin restaurant, Atelier Crenn, has announced that she will be opening a vegan taco hotspot in Las Vegas next year.

Called La Madrina (which means “the godmother” in Spanish), the restaurant will open its doors in a new food hall.

Dubbed The Sundry, the location is close to the main strip. It will host a number of high-end restaurants and bars and is expected to be completed early next year.

La Madrina’s menu is expected to include a range of plant-based dishes, with a particular emphasis on tacos.

The liquor list is also expected to be extensive, with several tequilas and mezcals already confirmed.

Remove land animals from the menu

The first American woman to receive three Michelin stars, Crenn has been embracing meatless meals for some time.

In 2019, it stopped serving meat from land animals in its restaurants in San Francisco. In a statement at the time, the Crenn Dining Group revealed the move was environmentally driven. He said seafood would continue to be served.

“Meat is incredibly complicated – both in the food system and in the environment as a whole – and, honestly, it was easier to remove it from menus altogether,” Crenn commented.

A year later, she opened vegan delivery restaurant VitaBowl in Los Angeles. There are plans for more locations in New York, Austin, Chicago, and Seattle.

Michelin chefs are moving away from meat

Crenn is not alone. A number of chefs choose to leave the meat behind.

Rasmus Kofoed is the chef at Geranium in Copenhagen, which was recently voted the best restaurant in the world. Kofoed has also removed most meats from its Michelin-starred menu, leaving only seafood.

Like Crenn, he revealed that environmental concerns were driving the decision.

It should be noted that the seafood industry is still considered largely unsustainable, with strong links to pollution and biodiversity loss. That’s why some chefs have given up on animal products altogether.

Michelin-starred chef Alexis Gauthier has transformed his London restaurant, Gauthier Soho, entirely vegan in 2021, despite the refusal of some customers.

As a classically trained French chef, that meant removing ingredients such as foie gras from his menu. The move was successful enough to support the opening of a new plant-based cafe in Mayfair’s Fenwick department store.

More recently, New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park made history by retaining its three Michelin stars after its transformation to an all-vegan menu. The upscale Manhattan restaurant shocked fans by removing animal products from its menu after it was closed and re-evaluated by chef Daniel Humm during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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