MCEC unveils its sustainably-minded 2024 menu

MCEC unveils its sustainably-minded 2024 menu
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has launched its 2024 menu with a focus on sustainability, local ingredients and inclusivity.

    MCEC’s executive chef, Peter Haycroft, said his team’s passion, creativity and hospitality shines through the menu.

    “MCEC is at the forefront of the events industry. We break the mould when it comes to conference catering, incorporating interactive stations and re-defining traditional plated meals,” he said.

    MCEC’s 2024 menu highlights local ingredients, supporting the local economy and showcasing Victoria’s flavours. By working with local suppliers, the menu is environmentally responsible and enables guests to enjoy the freshest produce available.

    “Victoria is the food bowl of Australia, and we’re proud to work with exceptional local suppliers to showcase the incredible array of produce our region is famous for,” Haycroft said.

    The 2024 menu takes inclusivity to new heights with the introduction of the Everybody’s Plate menu range.

    Everybody’s Plate features a wide variety of options that cater to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-friendly dietary requirements. Showcasing whole foods, pulses and legumes, as well as vibrant and fresh salads, the culinary team has created a menu that is both nutritious and flavourful. Additionally, MCEC is proud to offer completely vegan, vegetarian and gluten-friendly desserts.

    Executive Sous Chef of Culinary Development Karl Edmonds has been driving the shift towards inclusive, healthy and delicious alternatives.

    “MCEC is a welcoming place for all, and this extends to our menus. Our goal is to create inclusive menus that exceed expectations,” he said.

    “In 2023 we saw great success with our vegan, vegetarian and gluten-friendly options in our lunch menus. Expanding this across our entire menu range is a bold move and we know our customers will be delighted,” he added.

    Approximately 35-40 per cent of all menu items are now suitable for all allergens and dietary requirements. Dishes are free from nuts, dairy, egg, sesame and seafood, ensuring every guest can enjoy a safe and delicious dining experience.

    “A significant amount of research and development has gone into creating this menu and we’re proud to launch options we think everyone will enjoy, whether they have dietary needs or not. It’s a courageous direction for the menu,” Karl said.

    Get a taste of the new menus here.

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