Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 89
JEAN-GEORGES VONGERICHTEN EATS HIS VEGGIES
As one of the world's most famous restaurateurs,
as well as a cookbook author, TV
personality, and Michelin-starred
and James Beard Award-winning
chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees a constellation of
restaurants that stretch from
São Paulo to Shanghai, with his
newest hot spots just opened in
New York and London.
Vongerichten's preferred pied-à-terre. "The Connaught was where I stayed in 1985 when I first
visited London and since then has remained my
favorite hotel in the world," the chef says. Casual,
contemporary Jean-Georges at The Connaught
opened last summer, with all-day dining that puts
fresh produce center stage. Try breakfast shakes
and juices, Asian dishes such as crispy salmon
sushi, and revamped British classics like fish-andchips with petits pois rémoulade.
A chocolate, peanut, and
caramel dessert at JeanGeorges at The Connaught.
What food trend are you excited about? I have
always maintained a highly plant-based diet,
with animal protein in moderation. This is the
way I grew up eating, and I am excited to see that
this clean-eating trend has resurfaced in the last
few years. Recently, I opened abcV, a vegetarian
restaurant in New York City. We started with
breakfast and lunch, and slowly worked our way
into dinner service. My favorite breakfast item
on our menu is kitchari, an Indian dish made of
lentils, vegetables, and turmeric.
Other restaurants with plant-based menus that
you enjoy? One of my favorite restaurants in Paris
is L'Arpège. Chef Alain Passard keeps a garden
and features a vegetable tasting menu. What I love
is how the vegetables are the stars of the menu. A
standout dish is his beetroot baked in a gray-salt
crust. I recently visited Granger & Co. in London
and enjoyed their breakfast, specifically their
almond milk-chia seed pot and their fresh juices.
It's great to see this clean eating/vegetarian trend
has caught on worldwide.
When you're on the road, what type of food
and dining experiences do you look for? When
I travel, I seek out local cuisine and farmers'
markets because they immerse me in the culture.
I like to visit as many places as possible to see what
is new, what is grown locally, and what they are
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