Alexis Gauthier

A history with plants

Alexis Gauthier’s love for cooking with plants is well documented, first creating a plant focused ‘garden menu’ back in 1997 at his Michelin-Starred London restaurant Roussillon, at a time when vegetables in British restaurants were mostly added as an afterthought. It quickly became a hit and has remained on his menus ever since. After sensing the move towards a more plant focused diner, Alexis wrote his book Vegetronic which spoke directly to a more ‘plant-curious' demographic.

Opening Gauthier Soho in 2010, Alexis knew from the very beginning that vegetables would be a main focus, and made his vegetable menu stand shoulder to shoulder with the classic gout du jour menu.

When PETA ran an international vegan month back in October 2015, Gauthier Soho took part ‘really to test the water’ and completely removed all animal products from the vegetarian menu. He was overwhelmed with the positive response, winning UK Best Vegan Menu Award. Since then, the vegan menu 'Les Plantes' has been permanently available, gathering fans with steadily increasing regularity. 

A recent recipe by Alexis for a vegan 'Faux Gras' gained over five million views.

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