For Earth Hour 2018, chefs across the world will put sustainability on the menu by showcasing a recipe that reflects their work in addressing food system issues. Titled “One Planet Plate”, this Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) campaign will highlight chefs’ contributions to start a dialogue around food system issues that galvanises diners to re-think their food choices.
A chef’s perspective: Conor Spacey on One Planet Plate
I am delighted to play a small part in “One planet plate” this year. For me, it’s a perfect opportunity to highlight a growing worldwide problem that’s very close to my heart- “Our Food”.
Our food system is not working and to make a change we have to become sustainable. As chefs, it’s our responsibility to push for change, buy and grow sustainably and talk to our customers to help them make changes at home.
I’m not a vegetarian and all our kitchens only work with small scale local farmers which have less environmental impact on meat production, but I do enjoy plant and vegetables dishes. Here I have done a simple dish using all of a cauliflower.
“Chargrilled cauliflower, labneh, whey cauliflower rice, kimchi & rapeseed”
Ingredients: Serves 4
For the Kimchi:
To plate very simply spread the labneh across the centre of the plate , then spoon over some couscous, place the steak on top, then depending on how much you like put at least a dessert spoon of kimchi on top ….enjoy!
How One Planet Plate works:
The SRA asks chefs to submit a One Planet Plate recipe to the campaign and feature this dish on their menu for Earth Hour on the 24th of March. While there are no criteria, this recipe should address one of the six sustainability themes: celebrates local; features more veg; has a low carbon food print; includes better meat; sources fish sustainably; and wastes no food.
Diners can engage in this campaign in two ways. A One Planet Plate map plots all the restaurants participating in this campaign at which diners are encouraged to enjoy and snap a “hero dish” to share on social media using #OnePlanetPlate. Additionally, a digital copy of the One Planet Plate recipes submitted by the participating chefs are published on the campaign’s website, accessible to all.
All of this is to galvanise diners and home-cooks to use the power of their food choices to create positive change. Diners have the opportunity to make a promise using #EarthHourPromise.
How to engage: