It appears Ramsay’s kids and their eating habits were a big factor in getting him to have a change of heart, as reported by Delish. Well, it was his kids plus a burgeoning desire to make healthier food choices during his jam-packed daily schedule. One of his first lifestyle changes was swapping the dairy for oat milk in the smoothies he often consumes in place of full meals — and he now has a partnership with Silk. “With the sort of demanding times in my schedule, cutting dairy out of my diet on a day-to-day basis was absolutely crucial,” he told the publication.
And then there’s the financial motivation. According to Plant Proteins, about 6% of the U.S. population now identifies as vegan. That’s an increase of 500% since 2014. From a restaurateur’s perspective, it makes sense to cater to that growing customer base. Gordon Ramsay Restaurants devotes an entire section to showcasing plant-based options at the chef’s signature dining venues. As Ramsay told Delish, “Getting creative with plant based is equally as important as cooking fish or meat … From a restaurateur’s point of view, I could see a more creative demand for it [plant-based cooking]. So it keeps chefs on their toes.”