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.”

The restaurant opened in 2016 and has operated as a takeaway only during the pandemic.

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