Long-time vegan critic (hater, really) chef Gordon Ramsay is now singing a different tune. In a recent interview with James Corden on “The Late Late Show," Ramsay made the surprising acknowledgment that veganism is on the rise and chefs, including himself, must adapt.
The comment comes after Corden informed Ramsay of a tweet by Piers Morgan, a self-proclaimed vegan hater, who blasted the "Masterchef" star for including a vegan roast on the menu in his London restaurant, Bread Street Kitchen.
"Oh FFS Ramsay…no, you as well? This looks utterly revolting,” Morgan tweeted.
Ramsay not only responded with some expletives aimed at Morgan, but also told Corden, "Veganism is on the rise, so we’ve got to adapt and we just have to eat a slice of humble pie."
Humble vegan pie, more like it. And over the last year, Ramsay sure has eaten a lot of it.
It was only last April when he tweeted, ""Going to give this #vegan thing a try ... Yes guys you heard that right. Gx," and proceeded to add a vegan pizza to his restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza.
A few months later, he participated in a vegan cook-off with actress and vegan, Madelaine Petsch ("Riverdale"), and then earlier this year he launched a vegan menu at his Bread Street Kitchen restaurant in London to celebrate Veganuary.
He's come along way since poking fun at not just vegans, but also PETA, the animal advocacy group. "I’m a member of PETA ! People eating tasty animals……" he tweeted in response to a Twitter user’s photo of their vegan lasagna.
Ramsay's about face isn't surprising considering that the plant-based cheese and meat sectors are on the rise (the meat substitutes market is expected to reach $4.63 billion this year and to rise to $6.43 billion by 2023). It looks like, being the shrewd businessman he is, if he can't beat the vegans, then he might as well join 'em.
We look forward to which vegan dish he comes up with next.
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