Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay already ditched dairy, and now he’s announced on Twitter that he’s “going to give this #vegan thing a try.” What?! Could the chef who helped bring back beef Wellington (basically prosciutto-wrapped filet mignon) really be giving up meat?
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Um, not likely. To give you a little more context, his #vegan tweet arrived just one day before the opening of his latest restaurant, Street Pizza, in London, and appeared alongside a photo of the venue’s only vegan offering: a charred aubergine pizza with pine nuts and pesto. Also on the menu? Classic pepperoni and a chorizo and corn with pulled chicken, according Eater London.
So far, media outlets haven’t been able to confirm that Ramsay is officially adopting a plant-based lifestyle, with People reporting: “A representative for Ramsay could not elaborate on his new vegan diet or how long he plans to keep following it.”
While his tweet may have been more of a marketing ploy than anything else, it does suggest that the sharp-tongued “MasterChef” star is actually becoming more vegan-friendly. And that’s a big change from early February, when he offered this snarky response to a Twitter user’s pic of vegan lasagna: “I’m a member of PETA! People eating tasty animals….”
His words set off a prickly debate, pitting the “Meat is delicious!” camp against “The future is VEGAN” club. Even PETA weighed in, commenting on Twitter: “While you’re spending time mocking the future #vegan we’re betting you one day become, most chefs are exploring healthy, animal- & environment-friendly #PlantBased dishes.”
And PETA seemed pleased with the progress the chef has made, commenting on Ramsay’s aubergine pizza pic: “Keep on adding #vegan options to your restaurant menus.”
Hey, baby steps.
What Do YOU Think?
Do you think Ramsay will ever “go vegan”? Have you noticed more vegan options at restaurants? What’s the best vegan dish you’ve had at a restaurant?