Cinema has its Césars and gastronomy has Michelin stars. On Tuesday, March 22, the Michelin Guide unveiled the list of star restaurants for 2022 during a ceremony in Cognac (Charente). While 55 locations lost one or more stars between 2021 and 2022, mainly due to permanent closures, others managed to keep their precious accolades. This is the case at ONA, the establishment of vegan chef Claire Vallée.
Located in Arès (Gironde), ONA won its first and only Michelin star in 2021 – for ‘non-animal origin’. It thus became the first vegan star restaurant in France. This year, the establishment has kept its rank, but also its green star, which rewards tables that are committed to an environmentally friendly approach.
The coronation of this 100% vegan establishment had already made the rounds of the press in 2021, putting it in the spotlight. But since then, recruitment issues have forced the restaurant to temporarily cease operations for several periods. ONA has also been closed since January 6, 2022 and has still not reopened. Let’s hope that the Michelin star of this ethical and gourmet table will serve as a “good star” for the future.