The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has launched the ‘One Planet Plate’ campaign with backing from a host of famous chefs including Raymond Blanc, Asma Khan and Thomasina Miers.
The campaign is calling on chefs to choose their favourite sustainable dish from their menu and to share it via the dynamic One Planet Plate website and via their social channels. Anyone looking to make sustainable choices when eating out can visit the site and pick a dish and place to eat it according to their pocket, palate and principles – there are dishes to suit all.
A One Planet Plate must comply with at least one of five criteria, including ‘Feature More Veg’, in line with the Eating Better ‘Better by Half Roadmap’ call to foodservice to ‘put more plants on menus’.
Raymond Blanc’s Vegetable and Chervil Soup
Raymond Blanc OBE, President of the SRA and Chef Patron of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, chose his Vegetable and Chervil Soup, while Asma Khan of Darjeeling Express selected her Beetroot Raita and the wonderful Wahaca Squash Tostadas are Thomasina Miers’s One Planet Plate.
The campaign aims to serve up 5 million more sustainable meals in 2022 and already has the support of 31 of The World's 50 Best Restaurants. All dishes submitted are available on the One Planet Plate website, with a full recipe for diners to recreate at home.
Thomasina Miers of Wahaca’s Squash Tostada
Raymond Blanc said: "What we eat has such a huge impact on our precious planet. The next time you eat out, use the fantastic One Planet Plate website to find hundreds of truly delicious dishes to enjoy that won't cost the earth. We only have one planet, so every dish that we serve in our restaurants must be designed to respect and protect it. Our future depends on it."
Simon Billing, Executive Director of Eating Better, said: “Restaurants can help people eat ‘less and better’ by making plant-based dishes more accessible and appealing. Those taking part in the One Planet Plate campaign are rebalancing the plate and making veg the star of more dishes, which is good news for our health and the planet’s. Imagine the impact food service could make on cutting emissions, if plant-based dishes made up at least half of all menus.”
Popular restaurants submitting dishes that Feature More Veg include Nando’s, Rosa’s Thai and Wahaca. “If we all just eat a few more vegetables, a little less meat, that is a really neat way of helping the planet,” highlighted Thomasina Miers, co-founder of Wahaca. At Wahaca, more than half of their street food menu is now vegetarian and UK-grown pulses, supplied by Hodmedods, have replaced avocados in their ‘Wahacamole’.
Nando’s Spiced Chickpea Burger
One Planet Plate is the perfect platform for chefs to demonstrate to diners what scrumptious, sustainable food looks and tastes like, making it as easy as possible for them to make great choices when eating out. What are you waiting for, submit your One Planet Plate today and make your most sustainable dish your best seller.