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In homage to all things healthy French artist, Patrick Laroche, has created a new exhibition called Vegetables, which sees your typical veg given a chrome make-over and supersized. Housed in Sofitel London St James the impressive sculptures are placed in and around the hotel, restaurant and even the entrance where a towering pink asparagus greets guests.

To celebrate Laroche’s art, the Head Chef at the hotel’s restaurant The Balcon, Vincent Ménager, has created a special menu geared towards the mighty vegetable with treats like Sweet pea sliders in a cornbread madeline and shallot jam which makes for a delicious, light starter. The Braised eggs with spicy chorizo, smoked aubergine and tomato cocotte were poached to perfection with melt in your mouth mince. Although the menu is geared towards vegetables it is not strictly vegetarian, featuring dishes like a delectable red pepper and tomato Octopus Basquais. 

Even the puddings have been given a vegetable make-over with the Parsnip and Maple Syrup Cake; thinly sliced between layers of cream it has a similar nutmeg type taste that you might find in a carrot cake which is not altogether unpleasant, although the clotted cream ice cream is a tad bland which lets it down.  

There is also a special cocktail aptly named the Laroche which is made completely of vegetables and a vegetable smoothie which is rich in vegetables, nutrients and vitamins – perfect for the morning after the night before.

The exhibition runs alongside the menu until the 31st October 2014 in Sofitel London St James.