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Forward-thinking Golden Globes goes vegan this year

A-list celebrities were served a completely plant-based meal.

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The 2020 Golden Globes were held at the luxurious Beverly Hilton Hotel in California last night, January 5th 2020, where the A-list guests were treated to a vegan feast.

In a move that may have surprised many, the pre-ceremony feast, which was served to only 1,300 celebrity guests, was completely plant-based this year. 

Although it was initially reported that the menu would feature Chilean sea bass, the culinary team decided to go for a meat-free meal, serving a starter of chilled golden beetroot soup and a main course of wild mushroom risotto with king oyster mushroom 'scallops'.

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Golden beet soup. Image by Leslie Grow.
Golden beet soup. Image by Leslie Grow.

A climate-conscious meal

Created by Matthew Morgan, executive chef at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the vegan Golden Globes menu was a last-minute decision by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is the organisation behind the glitzy awards show.

According to the Associated Press, president of the HFPA Lorenzo Soria stated that the menu was changed to fit with current climate-based issues.

"The climate crisis is impossible to ignore and after speaking with our peers, and friends in the community, we felt challenged to do better... By partnering with Icelandic Glacial to hydrate guests via glass bottles, eliminating single-use plastic, and serving a 100 per cent plant-based meal, we're hoping to raise awareness around small changes that can have a greater impact," Soria explained. "We know awards shows have a long way to go, and we can all do better."

The decision to change the menu from its former sea bass-based iteration came just two weeks before the event, much to the shock of chef Matthew Morgan. However, after some consideration, he enjoyed the challenge, stating that "once we thought about it and the message that it sent, we were really excited about it. That's something I stand behind myself."

The vegan Golden Globes menu was seen as a positive move by many in attendance, especially Joaquin Phoenix, who took home the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture award for his role in Joker. In his acceptance speech, Phoenix made sure to acknowledge the move, even thanking the HFPA before his fiancée or agent. 

"First, I'd like the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change," Phoenix said. "It's a very bold move making tonight plant-based, and it really sends a powerful message."

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Joaquin Phoenix with his Golden Globe. Photo by Alexi Lubomirski, from @goldenglobes on Instagram.
Joaquin Phoenix with his Golden Globe. Photo by Alexi Lubomirski, from @goldenglobes on Instagram.