PETA and Top Chef Debut Vegan ‘Moules-Frites’ for Belgian National Day

PETA and Top Chef Debut Vegan ‘Moules-Frites’ for Belgian National Day

Seafood-Free Recipe Video Asks People to See Food Differently

London – Today marks Belgian National Day, and PETA has teamed up with top Flemish chef Nicolas Decloedt to put a vegan spin on the classic Belgian dish, moules-frites – one that doesn’t harm a single mussel. The full recipe and video are available here.

Decloedt’s recipe transforms mashed potatoes into an edible vegan shell, which is then stuffed with shiitake mushrooms that have been simmered in a stock made with kombu seaweed for an oceanic flavour. Serve with chunky chips, and bon appétit!

Decloed isn’t new to vegan cuisine. His gorgeous Brussels restaurant, humus x hortense, was named Best Vegan Restaurant in the World in 2019.

“Innovative vegan cuisine is booming, and creative chefs like Nicolas Decloedt are leading the way,” says PETA Director of Vegan Corporate Projects Dawn Carr. “Now, Belgian National Day celebrants can swap the moules for mushrooms and leave bivalves in peace.”

In addition to sparing animals, choosing vegan seafood helps protect the ocean, as discussed in the new Netflix documentary Seaspiracy, which examines the global fishing industry and challenges the notion of “sustainable” fishing. Mussel farms, for example, produce “marine litter”, which includes broken shells, rope, floats, and other debris that’s often ingested by marine animals. When left in their ocean homes, mussels and other bivalves filter pollutants and other harmful chemicals out of the water, playing a vital role in the ecosystem.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – offers a free vegan starter kit on its website. For more information, please visit or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


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