“I’m happy and proud to be moving to meat free and would prefer to be moving in the right direction as a business, being part of the solution not the problem. The world doesn’t need another meat hot dog place, there’s enough out there, but we can still do with more places offering some tasty meat free lunch choices and that’s what we plan to do.” – James Stock
James Stock is the founder of Fat Annie’s which started out in 2014 selling hot dogs on the streets of Manchester. Fat Annie’s now has a permanent home in the Food Hall of Leeds Kirkgate Market. After seeing that the amount of meat being eaten in the developed world is not sustainable, they made the decision to go completely meat free in 2020 – and the response has been amazing!
Morini Brands Risofu®
“Meat Free Monday is a simple way for people globally to be introduced to healthier and plant-based foods that they may not be aware of or otherwise get an opportunity to try. People of all ages, especially children who are learning healthy eating habits, or have specific dietary needs, get options that are deliciously nutritious and good for the planet. It’s also great to know that we have a strong voice with Paul McCartney and family to promote these efforts.”
– Christopher Morini Sr
Christopher Morini Sr. is the creator and co-founder of Morini Brands Risofu®, “The World’s First Rice Curd Base Meat Alternative”™. Risofu®, which is 100% plant based, soy free, non GMO with no lab synthesised ingredients, and available in five flavours, can be transformed into vegan dips, burgers, lunch meats and much more.
“We love Meat Free Monday and are incredibly proud to support by donating £1 from each item sold from our Farmacy x Mother of Pearl range to the campaign.”
Serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, Camilla Fayed, was inspired to create Farmacy after having personally experienced the powerful and healing benefits of a plant-based diet. As Hippocrates before her, Camilla champions the notion that food is medicine. Founded in April 2016, Farmacy’s flagship Notting Hill restaurant, with its impressive interiors, is renowned for its innovative and delicious organic dishes; while the bar is celebrated for its vast selection of biodynamic wines and refined-sugar-free cocktails. Unsurprisingly, Farmacy is widely regarded as the ‘friendly face’ of plant-based eating in London. Camilla’s passion for sustainable farming, regenerative agriculture and biodynamics led to her establishing her own farm on a plot of land in Kent. The Demeter-certified farm supplies Farmacy restaurant with an abundance of vegetables, fruits and herbs – delivered to the restaurant weekly in an electric van.
“Meat Free Mondays is a great idea though I live meat free every day. Being vegetarian is good for your body, good for the planet and a peace and loving thing to do.”
For all his many creative successes, Ringo is and always will be first and foremost a musician, a drummer. Throughout his career Ringo has received nine GRAMMY® Awards, and has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — first as a Beatle and then as solo artist. Between 1970 and 2020, Ringo has released 20 solo studio records. He has acted in over 15 films, received an Academy Award®, and has been nominated as an actor for an Emmy®. Ringo has published three books; had a stint as a male fashion model, and that same year went behind the lens as the photographer for some Foo Fighters’ PR photos. In 2018 he was knighted at Buckingham Palace for his services to music. He is also a visual artist, having had numerous exhibitions of his work and in November 2019 his Peace and Love sculpture was installed in Beverly Hills Parks in Los Angeles California.
“We know that this is THE most important thing we can do to save our earth, and it’s also the best thing we can do for our health. Plus it’s so yummy! Join me on this adventure of plant-based living and please be meat-free Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and if you can only do Monday we’ll be OK with that too. The more the merrier, thank you!”
Alicia is best known for her generation-defining role in Clueless and other amazing performances in American Woman, Book Club, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Alicia is a dedicated activist in the wellness space and has chronicled her journey towards a more conscious way of eating in her New York Times bestseller, “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet” and her second book, “The Kind Mama.” Alicia co-created the mykind Organics vitamin line. Her website, thekindlife.com, is a platform for health and eco-living.
Roxy and Ben, So Vegan
“Organisations such as Meat Free Monday are absolutely crucial when it comes to combating the climate crisis. We’re big believers in encouraging people to take small steps towards a healthier plant-based diet, which we know can have a hugely positive impact on the environment.”
Roxy Pope and Ben Pook are the creators of SO VEGAN, one of the world’s leading vegan food platforms with a growing community of over 1.5 million followers. Their mission is to make it easier for everyone to eat more plants, so that people and the planet can thrive. Their second cookbook One Pot Vegan is out now.
“I grew up in the ‘meat and two veg’ era but there’s so much more choice now in terms of plant-based food – it’s far more exciting on the plate! I’m consciously reducing how much meat I eat, and that’s no bad thing for the planet and all of us living on it.”
After almost three decades as one of the country’s favourite TV chefs, Ainsley Harriott has become something of a national institution. In 2020 he was delighted to be awarded an MBE for his services to broadcasting and the culinary arts. Best known for his twenty-one series’ of Ready, Steady, Cook, and with many solo primetime cooking series under his belt, including the ITV hit Ainsley’s Mediterranean Cookbook, he has become the master of fresh, fun, accessible cuisine.
Preston Manor All-Through Co-operative Trust School
“This is our tenth successful year of running the programme and our vegetarian and vegan options have become ever more creative and popular. During these unprecedented times, a healthier and more sustainable option is more important than ever for our young people. So onwards and upwards for Meat Free Monday!” – Andy Ward
Andy Ward is Assistant Headteacher at Preston Manor All-Through Co-operative Trust School.
“Reducing our meat intake is such a great thing to do to preserve our planet and the animals we share it with.”
Nile Rodgers is a Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist. Nile’s work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide.
“Thank you for inspiring the way I live my life now. Even if you’re not veggie, vegan or plant-based, reducing our meat and dairy consumption, even for just one day a week, has a positive impact on our planet, the animals we share it with and our own personal health.”
Gabrielle Aplin is a chart-topping UK pop star and a prominent figure in promoting positivity and wellbeing. Her new album Dear Happy celebrates freedom, healthy living and looking after the body and mind while rediscovering the joy in everyday life. Gabrielle is an ambassador for plant-based living; with a vegan cookery series on YouTube called #FoodWithFriends and a vegan clothing range with British clothing retailer H&M.