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About Brett Lavender and the Ark Collection
Chef Brett Lavender, the Executive Chef of the Ark Collection Restaurants in Copenhagen, has made a significant impact in the world of plant-based cuisine. Originally from England, Lavender has a career spanning nearly two decades in the culinary industry. His journey took him around the globe, where he gained invaluable experience working in luxurious establishments across Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, including a year in one of Tokyo's revered two Michelin-star restaurants. This global exposure enriched his culinary style, which blends diverse cultural influences with a deep respect for discipline, perfection, and culinary art.
At the Ark Collection Restaurants, Chef Lavender leads a team dedicated to redefining plant-based cuisine. Their innovative approach challenges the stereotypes associated with vegan food, focusing on creating dishes that are exciting and high quality, while also being environmentally sustainable. Each dish at the Ark, a Michelin Green Star recipient, is a testament to this dedication, showcasing culinary innovation and a profound respect for the environment.
Chef Lavender's philosophy centers on showcasing the potential of vegan food without being preachy about veganism. He believes in making a difference through sustainable practices and educating guests about the impact of their food choices on the environment. He emphasizes the versatility and excitement in plant-based cooking, aiming to create dishes that appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike.
The Ark Collection Restaurants, including the flagship Ark, Bistro Lupa, and Beyla, form a vital part of Copenhagen's gastronomic landscape. These establishments not only provide exceptional dining experiences but also represent a movement towards sustainable and innovative plant-based gastronomy. Each restaurant in the collection has its unique character and approach but shares the common goal of showcasing high-quality, plant-based cuisine that is good for both people and the planet.