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Derek Sarno Is Celebrating a Meat-Free Christmas with Gourmet Mushrooms

In a world increasingly aware of its environmental footprint and personal health, edible mushrooms of all variaties deliver both on flavour and texture as well as nutrients.

This Christmas, we find ourselves at a crossroads, where the traditional meat-heavy feast meets the innovative and sustainable virtues of gourmet mushrooms. It's not just about replacing animal meat; it's about reimagining our plates and palates.

Derek Sarno at Smithy's Mushroom farm

Derek Sarno, Co-Founder of Wicked Kitchen a shroom fanatic and as visionary chef, is pushing this shift in culinary perspectives.

"Everything comes from hunger, wanting to cook more and eat more. Not following what others do. And giving credit for any inspiration found." says Derek Sarno.

This ethos drives the mushroom revolution in kitchens worldwide. It's not merely a substitute for meat but a star in its own right.

Mushrooms offer an astonishing range of flavours and textures, making them ideal for creating dishes traditionally reliant on animal products.

"There is so much to gain when you stop following the masses. As a chef, the moment I stopped relying on animal products, I was free, and so were they," adds Derek.

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This liberation from conventional cooking methods opens a world where mushrooms are not just an alternative but a preferred choice.

This festive season, innovative dishes like King ‘Turkey style shreds and smoked tofu holiday platter, Teriyaki Skewers, and Smoky BBQ grazed Oyster Mushroom Steaks are not only mouth-watering but also phenominally conscious choices. "Anything people can do with animals can be done with mushrooms and veg," is a testament to the versatility and potential of mushrooms.

Supporting local mushroom growers and vegetable farmers where ever you are in this world is crucial in the evolution of the 'shroom revolution'.

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Establishments like Smithymushrooms, UK showcase the best of what mushrooms can offer.

In Australia go to Exotic Mushrooms who are based in Victoria and have one of the most comprehensive collections of exotic mushrooms AVAILABLE TO BUY NOW.

In New Zealand CLICK HERE to connect with Mushrooms By The Sea, based in Raglan, Waikato for a really exciting range of Grow-Your- Own kits.

As we gather around our Christmas tables, let's celebrate not just the joy of eating but also the progress we make towards a more sustainable and compassionate world, one mushroom dish at a time.

Check out how to prepare the most delicsious mushroom steaks by CLICKING HERE



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