Finding authentic French food in Seoul is hard. But finding authentic French VEGAN food in Seoul? Sounds impossible, right? Au contraire! Yesterday we proved that it is indeed possible. Vegan Dining Seoul and L’Empreinte Bistro Seoul teamed up to offer Seoulites French fine dining vegan styles and it was everything we hoped it would be. We had a nice, diverse turnout of local Koreans and expats from around the world. Chef Gregory was thrilled to finally be able to test out the vegan menu he had been developing for the past few months.
Check out the video below for highlights and join us at Vegan Dining Seoul for updates on our upcoming event!
Vegan cooking was certainly not something French chef Gregory Defraize typically dealt with during his long career in the culinary arts. But with growing concerns about health, animal welfare and the state of the environment, he has become more and more interested in pushing his own limits and applying his extensive culinary knowledge to the sustainable food scene. For Gregory and his wife/business partner Yeonjin, a collaboration between L’Empreinte Bistro and Vegan Dining Seoul represented the perfect way to begin that journey.
This edition of Vegan Dining Seoul (April 29, 2018) has been in the works since January 2018 when Gregory first reached out to us. After learning about the many vegan substitutes available and discovering YouTube legends like Gaz Oakley at Avant Garde Vegan, Gregory was ready to jump in. He immediately set to work veganizing his chocolate fondant recipe using almond powder, chia seeds, dark chocolate, amaretto liquor and triple sec. The final version will be the featured Vegan Dining dessert this weekend.
Chef Gregory loves the challenge vegan cooking provides and is particularly fond of using chia seeds in the place of eggs and apple cider vinegar as an emulsion for mayo. They have even found an organic French wine made with only plant ingredients for is diners to enjoy. Sign up here