Today marks World Vegetarian Day and to truly celebrate all things veg the Ovolo Hotels have announced they will be going completely vegetarian for a whole year. This will be the first hotel group to ever make a commitment like this, seeing all their restaurants and bars in Australia and Hong Kong step away from meat and embrace a more plant-based and environmentally friendly way of eating. Allowing diners to nourish their body with fresh and locally sourced produce in line with Ovolo’s concepts of ethical eating and conscious cuisine.

The Ovolo Group has always been on the front line to adapting and exploring new ways of dining, and with a rise in consumer interest of how plant-based and vegetarian cuisines can be beneficial to the body, the group wanted to adapt to their customers wants.

“Dining out and enjoying tasty food and wine with great company is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Good times and good intentions is how we’re evolving. We want to be conscious about what we are consuming and practice environmental sustainability as best as we can, as this leads to a larger impact on humanity, not just the environment,” says Ovolo Group’s Founder and CEO, Girish Jhunjhnuwala.

To support and get behind this change, Canberra’s very own Monster Kitchen and Bar welcomes Chef Paul Wilson, former Sous Chef at three Michelin-starred restaurant and number five in the world in 2019, Geranium. Now acting as Executive Chef, he will be incorporating his previous experience and techniques to create a unique refined menu showcasing vegetables as the main ingredient.

Staying true to the hotels focus towards sustainability and ethical practice, the team will also be introducing their own garden where they will grow produce, implementing that paddock to plate philosophy. Fermenting and pickling will feature prominently throughout the menu, alongside seasonal cocktails and wine sourced from some of Australia’s most progressive producers.

All venues will now be offering vegetarian menus and by early next November they will be completely transformed.