Top Chef ‘Leaves Five-Star London Restaurant’ After ‘All-Vegan Menu Is Rejected’

Top chef Daniel Humm is reportedly leaving a five-star London restaurant after his idea for an 'all-vegan menu has been rejected'. 
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Top chef Daniel Humm is reportedly leaving a five-star London restaurant after his idea for an ‘all-vegan menu has been rejected’. 

The 45-year-old is believed to no longer be managing the Davies and Brook restaurant inside Claridge’s, as he didn’t share the same ‘vision’ as management, who are determined to keep meat, fish and dairy options available.

A statement has since been released by the establishment on Twitter, stating that they ‘completely respect’ Humm and his ‘culinary direction’.

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It reads: “We completely respect and understand the culinary direction of a fully plant-based menu that Daniel has decided to embrace and champion and now wants to introduce to London.

“However, this is not the path we wish to follow here at Claridge’s at the moment, and therefore, regretfully, we have mutually decided to go our separate ways.”

It continues: “We wish to thank Daniel Humm and his extraordinary team at Davies and Brook for what they have created here at Claridge’s since they opened in 2019, gaining accolades along the way under challenging circumstances.

“Daniel has been a longstanding friend of the hotel for many years and we wish him nothing but continued success as he spearheads this bold new vision.”

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The top chef reportedly wanted to introduce an ‘all-vegan’ menu. Credit: Pexels

According to the Daily Mail, management was concerned that switching to a plant-based diet would lead to ‘upset’ for their most regular diners.

Humm has already transformed his New York restaurant, three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park, into a vegan venue.

He completely revamped the menu after he came to the conclusion that serving meat wouldn’t be ‘sustainable’.

After hearing his vision wouldn’t be accepted at the London restaurant, Humm took to social media and said he will stand by his ‘mission’.

He stated: “Standing behind this mission, and what we believe in, is most important and is unfortunately not something we can compromise on.

“I’ve never been more excited about cooking in my entire career and I’m excited for all that the future holds for us.”

It’s believed that the top chef will stay on at the London site until December.

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Written by Aimee Walker

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