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Michelin 3‑Star Chef Eric Ripert joins Nature’s Fynd™ team as Culinary Advisor to fungi-based protein company

World-renowned chef Eric Ripert of NYC’s Le Bernardin adds delicious, vegan desserts using Fy Proteinto Le Bernardin menu

July 19, 2022 Chicago – Today, Nature’s Fynd announced that Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of globally acclaimed Le Bernardin in New York City, will join as Culinary Advisor to the company. In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Chef Eric Ripert will influence innovation and future product development in collaboration with the Nature’s Fynd team. Born out of NASA-backed research on microbes with ori­gins in Yel­low­stone Nation­al Park, Nature’s Fynd’s break­through fer­men­ta­tion tech­nol­o­gy grows Fy™—a new-to-the-world nutri­tion­al fun­gi pro­tein using a frac­tion of the resources required by tra­di­tion­al agriculture. 

Ripert’s excitement about the potential and versatility of Fy has already led to the development of two desserts on the Le Bernardin tasting menu this summer, in collaboration with Executive Pastry Chef, Orlando Soto: Cheesecake — Fy Filled Squash Blossom with Blackberry Sorbet and Apricot — Apricot Sorbet Chamomile Ice Cream. Both use Nature’s Fynd Dairy-Free Cream Cheese. Additional dishes are being explored as the Le Bernardin team works with Nature’s Fynd to understand the potential applications of Fy across a broad range of culinary dishes.

I’m delighted to join the Nature’s Fynd team as its new Culinary Advisor and to take part in developing products that spotlight this innovative new protein option,” said Eric Ripert. I look forward to working closely with their team to showcase the versatility of Nature’s Fynd’s Fy in a variety of dishes from everyday breakfasts to the fine dining desserts we’ve added to Le Bernardin’s tasting menu. The possibilities are endless.”

As Culinary Advisor Nature’s Fynd, Ripert will work closely with the scientists and culinary team at Nature’s Fynd to provide guidance on products that are currently under development and to explore a wide range of new applications and recipe development using Fy Protein. Current Nature’s Fynd retail product line includes Original and Maple Flavored Meatless Breakfast Patties and Original and Chive & Onion Dairy-Free Cream Cheese all made with Fy Protein. 

Nature’s Fynd CEO and Co-Founder Thomas Jonas added, There is no one more respected and admired in the culinary world than Chef Eric Ripert. He has set the highest culinary standards for decades at Le Bernardin and we couldn’t be more humbled to partner with him on our journey as a new brand. His unwavering standards will help us deliver the most delicious Fy-based foods to nourish people and nurture our planet.”

About Nature’s Fynd

Nature’s Fynd is a Chica­go-based food com­pa­ny cre­at­ing ver­sa­tile alter­na­tive pro­teins to nour­ish the world’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion while nur­tur­ing the plan­et. Born out of research con­duct­ed for NASA on microbes with ori­gins in Yel­low­stone Nation­al Park, the com­pa­ny’s break­through fer­men­ta­tion tech­nol­o­gy grows Fy™. Fy is a new-to-the-world nutri­tion­al fun­gi pro­tein that uses only a frac­tion of the resources required by tra­di­tion­al agri­cul­ture. The com­pa­ny has raised over $500 mil­lion in equi­ty and debt financ­ing to date. Nature’s Fynd’s products are available in stores across the country, including Berkeley Bowl in California, Fairway Market in New York, Mariano’s in Chicago and now select Whole Foods Markets stores in ten states across the West and Northeast. For more infor­ma­tion visit www​.natures​fynd​.com Or fol­low along on Face­book, Insta­gram, Twit­ter or LinkedIn. The terms​“Nature’s Fynd,”​“The Fyn­der Group,”​“Fy,” and​“Fy Pro­tein” are trade­marks of the Company.

About Eric Ripert

Eric Ripert is the chef and co-owner of New York’s internationally acclaimed four-star seafood restaurant, Le Bernardin, which has held three stars from the Michelin Guide since 2005 and was named #1 restaurant in the United States and #2 in the world by Paris-based global guide La Liste. In 2014, Ripert and Maguy Le Coze opened Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, a casual spot just steps from Le Bernardin named for their acclaimed wine director, and Le Bernardin Privé, a dynamic private events space upstairs. Ripert is the author of a memoir, 32 Yolks (2016) and six cookbooks, including Avec Eric (2010), On the Line (2008), A Return to Cooking (2002), Le Bernardin –- Four Star Simplicity (1998), My Best: Eric Ripert (2014) and Vegetable Simple (2021). Ripert is the Vice Chairman of the board of City Harvest, working to bring together New York’s top chefs and restaurateurs to raise funds and increase the quality and quantity of food donations to New York’s neediest.

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