Last night, the biggest event in the fashion calendar took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – the Met Gala 2021!
Anna Wintour’s charity event was postponed due to the pandemic, taking place on September 13th rather than the usual first Monday in May.
This year’s theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” saw some incredible outfits.
From Kim Kardashian’s full black attire to Billie Eilish’s peach gown. Lil Nas X’s gold bodysuit to Serena Williams’ pink feathered cape, 2021’s designers certainly didn’t disappoint.
Unfortunately, cameras are not allowed into the actual event, and coverage stops when celebrities leave the red carpet, but we do know a little bit about what goes on inside.
One things everyone wants to know is, what food was served at this year’s Met Gala? Let’s look at the full menu.
10 New York chefs served the Met Gala food
For the Met Gala 2021, Ethiopian Swedish-American celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson gave ten New York-based chefs the opportunity to serve food at the event.
These chefs included Nasim Alikhani, Fariyal Abdullahi, Emma Bengtsson, Lazarus Lynch, Junghyun Park, Erik Ramirez, Thomas Raquel, Sophia Roe, Simone Tong, and Fabian von Hauske.
He told Vogue: “After a difficult two years for the restaurant industry, this will showcase the work and tell the stories of a dynamic group of chefs while presenting an exciting menu.”
“The gala offers an incomparable opportunity for emerging talent to elevate their careers and share their perspectives and craft,” he continued.
It was all plant-based
For the first time ever, the Met Gala food was entirely pant-based.
Every chef had to help curate a non-meat menu that represents “what the next generation of food looks like, tastes like, where it lives,” Marcus Samuelsson told Bon Appetit.
He said that making the food pant-based felt “natural” as “both industries respect craftsmanship” and are exploring their relationship with nature and the environment.
“Being a chef is all about working a lot with style, with people. It’s the same thing with fashion. It’s a different medium, but you’re really expressing a point of view, a sense of place,” he said.
Inside the event, canapés are served as the attendees mingle, then they are seated for a formal sit-down main course and dessert.
What food was served?
According to Vogue, some of the canopies included black rice porcini arancini with pumpkin Calabrian chilli sauce, watermelon tart with smoked yuzu soy on panipuri cracker and collard greens hot chow served on coconut buttermilk cornbread.
Then, the main course was creamy barley with corn, pickled turnips, and roasted maitake, all served on dinnerware from Tory Burch’s handpainted Oiseau collection.
Finally, the dessert was an apple mousse and apple confit with a calvados glaze, all served in the shape of an apple.