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Animal Rebellion occupy Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant

21/11/2022

Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman

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Activists have crashed Gordon Ramsay‘s restaurant in a bid to make a point about the impact his menu has on the climate.

Members of Animal Rebellion occupied the celebrity chef’s Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea on Saturday, arriving in smart-casual clothing and sitting at tables reserved for guests, equipped with fake-menus that outlined the ‘environmental cost’ of ingredients on his three Michelin starred menu, like steak and veal.

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Explaining the reasons behind the protest, one of the activists, Lucia Alexander, said that Gordon’s restaurant was the “perfect example” of inequality in the UK.

“Whilst Gordon Ramsay serves food costing a minimum of £155 per person, more than two million people are relying on food banks in this cost-of-living crisis,” she said.

“Instead of restaurants making colossal profits at the expense of animals, workers, and our climate, we need to feed everyone by supporting farmers and fishing communities in a transition to a plant-based food system.

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Protestors occupied restaurant Gordon Ramsay (Credit: Twitter/ Animal Rebellion)

“A plant-based food system requires 75 percent less farmland to grow food, allowing us to feed millions of additional people without the reliance on exploitative and inefficient animal farming industries.

“This is the answer to the cost-of-living and climate crises”.

On Twitter, the activist group added: “We need a dramatic shift in the UK’s food system, and we all need to take responsibility for that.”

Following the incident, a spokesperson for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay said: “Everyone is entitled to their opinions and beliefs.

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Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant was occupied by protestors (Credit: Alamy)

“However, to force your way into a restaurant, disturbing hard-working staff going about their jobs and ruining the evening of guests who have waited months for their reservations is incredibly inappropriate and deeply disrespectful.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said that they attended the scene at the time, but no arrests were made.

Officers were called after the group of protesters were “refusing to leave the premises”.

“Officers attended. The restaurant was closed, and the protesters left. There were no arrests,” the statement said.

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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay has three Michelin stars (Credit: Alamy)

The news comes just two days after another activist from the group were arrested on Friday for approaching Sir David Attenborough as he dined at another Michelin-starred restaurant on the south coast.

One 45-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday evening after allegedly refusing to comply with officers when they asked her to leave Catch At The Old Fish Market in Weymouth, and ‘causing a disturbance’.

Animal Rebellion say that the activist was simply attempting to deliver a letter to him, and have a five minute conversation.

She is said to have visited him at the restaurant in question seeing as it was a seafood restaurant that (like Restaurant Gordon Ramsay) turns a significant profit from an animal-based menu.

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