Celebrity Chef John Mountain banned vegans from dining at his popular Perth, Australia, restaurant Monday after a disruptive dispute with a customer.
The UK culinary connoisseur became combative with a consumer who complained that Fyre, the name of the eatery, lacked vegan options on its menu. The customer was charged $32 for vegetables, according to 9 News. Mountain did not mind the complaint there were limited vegan options, but the chef did not appreciate being personally attacked.
“Fuck vegans seriously … I’m done. At the end of the day, it’s not what I want to do, they can fuck off,” Mountain said, according to the New York Post.
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“Sadly All Vegans are now banned from FYRE (for mental health reasons). We thank you for your understanding,” a post on the Fyre restaurant’s Instagram account said. (RELATED: Chick-Fil-A Testing ‘Plant Forward’ Sandwich)
Some customers weren’t happy with the decision. “I’m very disappointed to see the stance taken, it reads very discriminatory,” one person said of the announcement.
Mountain explained Fyre is not a vegan restaurant. He said it is not possible to cater to everyone and recommended that those who want vegan options should dine elsewhere.
“All vegans are banned, end of, no more, never again, God help them,” Mountain said, according to 9 News.
“Please go find another kebab shop somewhere that’s happy to give you more plastic rubbish you enjoy to eat so much. Go and enjoy your life somewhere else.”
Mountain has been in the food industry for 30 years, working with other notable chefs like Heston Blumenthal and Marco Pierre White.
“I’ve worked for some of the best chefs in the world and to be told you’re not good enough by some sort of influencer type vegan person… kill me,” Mountain said.