'The Future Of Food Is Vegan,' Says Leading Chef
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‘The Future Of Food Is Vegan,’ Says Leading Chef

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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.”

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