Celebrities at this year’s BAFTAs will enjoy a sustainable vegan menu sourced in the UK

Read Time:   |  31st January 2020

Stars of film and TV will enjoy a three-course vegan menu at the BAFTAs official after party this weekend.

The stars of film and TV are in for a treat at this year’s BAFTAs as the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio will be able to enjoy a three-course vegan menu.

This year, the awards is following in the footsteps of the Golden Globes by offering a delicious vegan menu for its guests. Whilst the menu is not entirely vegan, only one non-vegan main will be served.

Sustainable

According to a spokesperson for the event, the menu was designed “to be more sustainably aware,” with every part of the menu, from starter to dessert, sourced within the UK. 

As well as offering a plant-based menu, attendees have also been asked to ‘make sustainable choices’ regarding their clothing.

Instead of giving out goody bags, which it says is “not a very sustainable thing to be doing”, attends will be gifted a stylish wallet made from recycled plastic.

Vegan menu

To start, guests will enjoy a caraway infused carrot salad with celeriac moutabel, kelp pickled turnip, mushroom piccalilli, sweet vinegar reduction.

The mains option is an aromatic lentil and cauliflower tart with champ potatoes, roasted beets, lovage and parsley relish.

Rounding off the meal is a tart but tasty rhubarb fool with a pear sphere and preserved raspberry jelly, meringue, toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

Discussing the inspiration behind the vegan menu in a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, BAFTA Piccadilly Head Chef Anton Manganaro said: “The aim is to keep the menu seasonal without too many different elements but which is still exciting to eat and vibrant to look at.

“The dishes also needs to be designed so it can be recreated on the evening as smoothly as possible as the numbers are for 2200.

“It was a challenge this year to make the whole menu plant-based in winter but sitting down with Paul Bates (Executive Chef at Grosvenor house) we soon had a lot of ideas that would work on the evening. Then it’s in the kitchen to recreate the ideas and see what works.

Discussing the focus on sustainability at this year’s event in a statement sent to Harpers Bazaar, a spokesperson said: “Sustainability is very important to Bafta, and we’re doing more than ever before.

“The goal is that the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 will be carbon neutral, working towards having a net positive impact on the environment. From travel and food, to branding and materials, Bafta is ensuring the awards are as sustainable as possible.”

The official after party of the EE British Academy Film Awards will be held this weekend (Sunday 2nd) at Grosvenor House in London.

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