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Plant Food + Wine Opens at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Plant-based celebrity chef Matthew Kenney shares his recipe for Avocado Tikka

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Matthew Kenney’s renowned vegan restaurant, Plant Food + Wine, recently opened at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, taking over the existing poolside fourth floor café. Open to the local LA community as well as hotel guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant features an updated menu from what was offered at its Venice location, yet still embraces local and seasonal ingredients.  

“We have developed a large portfolio of breakfast items and are very excited to share them with restaurant patrons and hotel guests,” says Kenney. “Lunch will be casual yet vibrant cuisine, and dinner will be more adventurous, paired with a botanical cocktail menu and naturally curated wine list. We intend to offer a fast-paced tasting menu in the evening, as well.”

The restaurant solidifies a successful working relationship between Matthew Kenney and Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Throughout the years, Kenney has catered multiple events and created a Folia plant-based menu for the Wellness Floor and guest appearances. “Our patrons will now be able to sip and savor Mathew Kenney’s elevated, plant-based cuisine surrounded the property’s natural beauty,” says David Wilkie, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. “This partnership also proves to be a milestone for the brand’s continued emphasis on wellness offerings.”

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Here, Kenney shares his recipe for Avocado Tikka:

POTATO BREAD

3 pounds of large Yukon Gold potatoes 

2 ½ pounds of flour

2 cups of cashew yogurt

50 grams of salt (or 2 2/3 tablespoons)

  1. Boil potatoes (leave the skin on) in a large pot of salted water until very soft in texture, (time will be dependent upon the size of the potatoes).
  2. Drain water from potatoes, and when cool enough to handle, peel off skin.
  3. 2.2 pounds of cooked and peeled potatoes are needed.
  4. Add the potatoes to a ricer and puree.
  5. In a stand mixer, place potatoes, yogurt, flour, and 30 g of salt (with potatoes at the bottom of the bowl and salt on top) and mix until the dough comes together. The consistency should be bread-dough like.
  6. Weight 100 grams of dough and shape bread into circular rounds, about a 1cm thick. Roll the balls out with a rolling pin and place directly on the grill.
  7. Cook both sides until fully cooked.

CASHEW YOGURT

4 cups of cashews, soaked

2 cups of filtered water

1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

¼ cup of agave

1 teaspoon of sea salt

Blend all ingredients in blender until very smooth and yogurt consistency.

CURRY LEAF OIL

500 grams of neutral oil (grapeseed oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, and light olive oil are some options)

100 grams of curry leaves

Place the ingredients in a high-powered blender and puree for five minutes. Strain through a coffee filter and reserve.

CURRY LEAF YOGURT

500  grams of soaked cashews

250 grams of water

125 grams of apple cider vinegar

75 grams of agave

75 grams of curry leaf oil

5 grams of sea salt

In a high-powered blender, puree the ingredients until smooth.

TIKKA POWDER

150 grams of vadouvan

75 grams of Madras curry

150 grams of vinegar powder

25 grams of sea salt

Blend the ingredients together in a spice grinder and reserve.

FOR THE SALAD

Mix sprigs of dill, with seasonal flowers, petite lettuce leaves, and radish sprouts.

GARNISHES

Fresh sliced radishes all sorts

1/2 ripe avocado

ASSEMBLY

Spoon curry leaf yogurt onto the center of your plate, using the bottom of the ladle to spread the yogurt into a large circle. Cut the avocado into quarters, peel away the skin and cut each quarter into three irregularly shaped pieces. Arrange the pieces of avocado on the yogurt and dust with the tikka powder. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Garnish with thin slices of radish and herbs.

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Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent, abcnews.com, jetsetter.com, outside.com, and wellandgood.com, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.