Carrots and Tomatoes Combine In Dishes That Taste Meaty, But Are All Vegan

Amber Matheson

There’s a new power couple in vegan culinary circles, a case of opposites attracting: a delicate fruit from the nightshade family, and an earthy, humble root vegetable. If choosing its celebrity name mash-up, we’d go with “carmato” rather than “tomarot.”

These chefs are playing with their food, challenged to craft elevated vegan cuisine that reflects the regional flavors of their respective restaurants. Here, simple tomatoes and carrots are transformed into whimsical dishes that fool the eyes...