Alain Ducasse Creates Vegetarian Menu, Could Change French Cuisine

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIE GIFFARD - Alain Ducasse, the godfather of French gastronomy, poses in his restaurant at the Plaza Athenee hotel in Paris on September 2, 2014 in Paris. Ducasse has gone against the grain of French culinary tradition by banishing meat from the menu of his restaurant at the famed Paris hotel Plaza Athenee. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MARIE GIFFARD - Alain Ducasse, the godfather of French gastronomy, poses in his restaurant at the Plaza Athenee hotel in Paris on September 2, 2014 in Paris. Ducasse has gone against the grain of French culinary tradition by banishing meat from the menu of his restaurant at the famed Paris hotel Plaza Athenee. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

You know the winds of food change are upon us when a man known for his extensive ways with foie gras is changing his menu to be primarily vegetarian.

French chef Alain Ducasse, who holds a total of 21 Michelin stars for his restaurants, announced Friday that his restaurant at Plaza Athénée in Paris will now have a majority of vegetarian menu items when it reopens on Monday, according to the Guardian.

Though he'll still be serving fish, seafood and some meat, most dishes will be oriented towards plants — as the description on the website calls it, "a trio of exceptional produce : fish, cereals and vegetables."

"The planet has increasingly rare resources so we have to consume more ethically, more fairly," Ducasse told AFP.

There are many benefits of choosing a vegetarian diet, including potentially better health and less environmental impact.

The Telegraph reports Ducasse plans to use cheaper types of fish, like sardines, as they're traditionally more difficult to prepare.

Ducasse has also taken a stand on sweets, removing cream from the menu entirely and opting to reduce butter and sugar as much as possible due to "globalization."

"We all eat the same fat and the same sweets," he said to AFP.

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