French restaurant Gauthier Soho has ditched animal products to have a vegan-only menu, with the transition currently taking place. Head chef Alexis Gauthier spoke to Big Hospitality, where he discussed the new plans for the restaurant.
Gauthier said: “[PETA] were saying I was a horrible person because I was using foie gras. Then I thought about it and started to listen to what people had to say about the suffering of animals and thought ‘what am I here for? Is this really the future?”
Gauthier reportedly serves 20kg of foie gras per week, and the transition to an all-vegan menu is expected to take up to 18 months. With an established customer base, the restaurant hopes to maintain this, and the current vegan menu is a hit with celebrities, such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Stella McCartney and Will.I.Am.
When speaking about the menu transition, Gauthier said: “While it is hard to make this choice because some existing customers love our classic French meat and fish dishes, actually it is customers driving this move. For example, our ‘Les Plantes’ vegan tasting menu gift cards now outsell classic tasting menu gift cards by 2:1. I think we will have to just slowly convince our beloved regulars.”
Traditionally, French cuisine uses lots of animal products. Gauthiers restaurant and current vegan menu explores the alternative ingredients to making great tasting French cuisine, without the cruelty.
You can watch Gauthier create vegan fois gras with BOSH and PETA here: