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Chefs put on restaurant aprons and cook up a veggie storm

Chefs put on restaurant aprons and cook up a veggie storm

Just a few years ago, many vegetarians would have been hard pressed to find more than a couple of cursory dishes on their menu when they dined out.

Today however, it seems that more and more chefs are willing to put on their restaurant aprons and have a go at creating some innovative new dishes for any of their vegetarian or vegan diners.

According to the Guardian, vegetarian diets are on the increase among Britons amid cost, health and green concerns, while a growing trend for eating less meat is also pushing up demand for such eateries.

The news provider continues that the number of high-end vegetarian restaurants is also rising, mainly as a result of culinary innovations among leading chefs.

Alex Bourke, founder and compiler of the Vegetarian Guides to meat-free eating in Britain, said: "Vegetarian couples do not want a special date marred by the sight of foie gras on the menu nor the aroma of roast lamb wafting from the next table."

With this in mind, when kitting out an eatery with new restaurant supplies, the owners of such businesses may even wish to avoid leather furniture if they wish to make the place more welcoming to veggies.

The health benefits of eating more fruit and vegetables could also attract meat-eaters through the doors, with Liz O'Neill, head of communications at the Vegetarian Society, recently claiming that consuming a wide selection of fruits and vegetables would offer the best chance of optimum nutrition.

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