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Vegans at the Restaurant.

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Published on Oct 22, 2008

This video is an edit of The Restaurant, a BBC reality TV show broadcast on 22nd October 2008.

The Challenge:

Nine couples. One dream: To open a restaurant, financially backed and personally supported by Raymond Blanc. After seven weeks, only three couples now remain.

French super chief, Raymond Blanc, puts wannabe restaurateurs through tests in an effort to see which of them can get through to the second round.

In this edited version, we see how the owners of True Provenance cope with the arrival of 5 Vegans and 5 Vegetarians. Their mentor, Raymond Blanc, warned them three hours earlier, in an email, that they may have Vegans and Vegetarians visiting their establishment later that evening.


Personally, I felt it rather unfair on the restaurant. They had been advised in an email 3 hours earlier that they MAY have vegan and vegetarian diners later that evening. On top of that, there were 10.

I always phone days before to check that they can cater for a vegan and then remind them the day before.

I have to say, however, that the quantity of food in a vegetarian 'option' is always far less than that of 'meat' meal. The different in price is usually less than 10%. Why don't they provide more? May be they think we're all on some kind of calorie controlled diet.

In some eateries, when you mention that you're vegetarian or vegan, you can also get attacked verbally by people who think they are not there to serve you food but they are there because they are expert dieticians and what their grandmother said about Man needing meat is the undeniable truth.

Gordon Ramsey has often been heard advising restaurateurs not to bother with a vegetarian option because the number of vegetarians is only 4% of the population. Well, when I go out, I go with a group of around 12 others (meat-eaters) but if you can't provide me with something I can eat, you lose 10-15 diners. So, although veggies may be a minority, you also lose those accompanying them.

In another programme, Gordon Ramsey watched the treatment of pigs bred for meat; after which he said, "I've always disliked vegetarians because they have no palate but after watching that I can understand."

I think a lot of meat-eaters just close their eyes and pretend it's not happening.

And, anyway, something tasting nice does not justify suffering.

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