Gordon Ramsay isn't vegan. Here is why you might think he is
Updated: Aug 24
A piece about Gordon Ramsay written in The Independent newspaper in April 2018 continues to resurface with the headline "Gordon Ramsay reveals he's going vegan."
So you may be thinking great news, another celebrity (and a chef, no less) has seen the light and moved to a plant-based diet! But it’s not quite right.
As Maria Konnikova points out in The New Yorker, "a headline changes the way people read an article and the way they remember it. The headline frames the rest of the experience. A headline can tell you what kind of article you’re about to read—news, opinion, research, LOLcats—and it sets the tone for what follows."
The whole headline in this piece is based around a tweet in which Ramsay said, "Going to give this #vegan thing a try ... Yes guys you heard that right." There is no suggestion from the Hell's Kitchen star that he is turning towards veganism as we saw in the headline, but that headline has set the tone.
It seems at least from the picture he posted with the tweet that he is either eating a plant-based meal or testing a recipe for a menu at his restaurant.
Also question the fact that veganism is not simply a diet. At best, if true, Gordon Ramsay had gone on a plant-based diet.
The Vegan Society definition of veganism is "a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose."
Eating a plant-based diet is just one facet of veganism, in the same way Holland is only part of the Netherlands.
Ramsay in fact tweeted the following last year, "I’m a member of PETA! People eating tasty animals," so he has a track record of mocking veganism.
In summary, Gordon Ramsay isn’t vegan, and he never was vegan, albeit he did add options to his menu for Veganuary in 2019.