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Plant-based chef Matthew Kenney has said ‘the future of food is vegan’.

The chef, who has just opened a plant-based restaurant called Alibi in the Ovolo hotel in Sydney, Australia, claims the eatery will be a ‘game-changer’.

He said vegan food can compete with traditionally popular Aussi staples like steaks and seafood by being ‘sexier’.

Sexy food

Kenney said: “As a chef, my role is to make [people] come to [Alibi] because it’s the best-tasting food.

“How do we compete with a steakhouse or a seafood restaurant? By making our food sexier.”

The restaurant serves dishes including lasagne, dumplings, pizza, tacos, and a burger. Cheese toppings are made with plant ingredients including sunflower seeds and cashew nuts. There is also an extensive drinks menu.

‘Game-changer’

Kenney added: “We were doing cutting-edge food many years ago but no hotel, landlord or building owner wanted a vegan restaurant because they thought it would fail.

“But once we start to serve this food in a mainstream environment­ that’s beautiful and sexy, it’s a gamechanger for the plant-based world.

“I believed in [veganism] 15 years ago. It’s one thing that can slow down the damage we’re doing to our planet.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.