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A vegan restaurant in France has just got its first Michelin Star

French restaurant ONA is the first vegan restaurant in France to win a coveted Michelin star. Michelin stars are a rating system used by the Michelin Guide to grade restaurants on their quality.

French restaurant ONA is the first vegan restaurant in France to win a coveted Michelin star. Michelin stars are a rating system used by the Michelin Guide to grade restaurants on their quality. 

ONA stands for “Origine Non Animale” (“animal-free origin”) and is the first vegan establishment to appear in the Michelin Guide to France since it was created in the year 1900. It was founded by Claire Vallée in 2016 in the city of Ares in the southwest area of the country. Vallée was able to open her restaurant thanks to crowdfunding and a loan from an ethically minded bank.

The Michelin Star restaurant offers a gourmet menu of several dishes, some of which involve flavors of pine, boletus mushrooms and sake, or celery, tonka, and amber ale.

“More than a restaurant, it’s a way of life. Self-taught chef Claire Vallée is self taught and proposes 100-percent vegan, organic gastronomy—hence the name, which stands for ‘non-animal origin’ in French,” the Michelin Guide to France says. “The beautifully dressed plates feature a splendid array of fruit and vegetables. Greatly deserving of the attention it is garnering.”

Chef Claire Vallée

ONA has also won a green star, which Michelin introduced last year to honor establishments with a strong focus on ethical and sustainable practices.

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