The Michelin Guide gave out one star to a French vegan restaurant for the first time, according to CNN. The restaurant, ONA, which stands for Origine Non Animale or Non-Animal Origin received the award in the latest Michelin Guide.
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Located near Bordeaux in Arès, it’s the first vegan restaurant in France to receive the accolade. ONA was opened by Claire Vallee, a self-taught chef. Her tasting menu specialties include yellow zucchini ravioli with black truffle gnocchi.
Vallee was thrilled with the award. “Cooking with my team is like performing in a theater. You never really know how it’s being received until the very end,” she told CNN.”This is a good thing for the vegan community as this star is evidence that French gastronomy is becoming more inclusive. That plant based dishes belong there too,” Vallee said, “The team that I work with are really proud. The Michelin star and the green star serve as recognition. It’s also for them and the local producers and the vegetable farmers we work with.”
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