Ducasse and other top French chefs offer allergy-free vegetarian menus | Executive Living | The Australian

By Remy Zaka, AFP | July 1, 2015

Alain Ducasse last year dropped meat at his two-Michelin-starred Plaza Athenee in Paris. Picture: AFP Source: News Corp Australia

When French superchef Alain Ducasse stunned the haute cuisine world last year by dropping meat, boosting vegies and lightening up his menus, he was less bucking convention than joining a trend of accommodating vegetarians and people with food allergies.

Fine dining at top restaurants run by uncompromising chefs may once have been unthinkable for such clients. But no more.

“Twenty years ago we were lost when a client told us they had an allergy. We’d bring out an artichoke and a salad,” says Piet Huy­sentruyt, owner of Likoke in the southern French town of Les Vans, a one-star restaurant in the Mich­elin Guide.

“Now it’s no longer a problem. It’s second nature.”

The Mediterranean diet — low in meat and high in fish, vegetables, herbs and healthy olive oil — has come to the rescue.

A recent gathering in the southern French city of Montpellier of 58 chefs from 10 countries — the sort of Michelin-starred elite who scrutinise every dish that leaves their kitchens — confirmed the trend. All conceded they have had to adapt.

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