“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.
“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.
“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.
“I started getting into vegan food through Meat Free Monday. Everyone was doing Meat Free Monday and I wondered what it was all about. I genuinely started to feel better. Tuesday was a good day for me – I just used to wake up feeling really sprightly! I know everyone says it and it sounds really cliché but I do – I wake up in the morning and I feel good.”
As an Instagram chef, Miguel Barclay’s dishes always look amazing, but what has caused such a buzz is the fact that they all cost less than £1 per person! From his kitchen in Camden, Miguel is constantly experimenting with breaking down recipes and coming up with innovative new £1 creations. Through his One Pound Meals phenomenon, Miguel gives you the confidence and motivation to change the way you cook for ever.
“Meat Free Monday is the most brilliant excuse to focus on the incredible variety of veggies out there – the flavours, textures and wonderful dishes you can create are beyond belief. So here’s to Meat Free Monday and frankly, meat free Wednesdays too.”
Jamie Oliver, MBE, is a British chef, restaurateur and media personality, known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more.
“In Spain, verduras form a key part of every meal – what would we do without dishes such as Gazpacho, or Patatas Bravas? I always serve plenty of meat-free alternatives at my restaurant, such as a fresh Chicory and Blue Cheese Salad and Aubergine Tortilla. I wholeheartedly support this campaign.”
“The impact of one designated meat free day a week could make a meaningful contribution to the environment, fight global hunger and improve global health. It’s a simple and delicious choice to make.”
Chef and author Maria Elia has worked as head chef of restaurants Delfina, The Whitechapel Dining Room and Joe’s in Knightsbridge. She is author of two cookbooks – Full of Flavour, and The Modern Vegetarian. Watch Maria’s Meat Free Monday secondary school cooking workshop.
“By choosing not to eat meat for at least one day each week, we can go some way towards helping the Earth – and it’s good for your health too!”
James Tanner is a chef and television personality who has appeared on programmes such as the BBC’s Ready Steady Cook, Saturday Kitchen and Something for the Weekend. As well as being a regular on Lorraine and This Morning, he and his brother own and run Tanners Restaurant in Plymouth.
“Ever since I made the connection between how the foods we prepare affect our health, it has been my personal mission to share with anyone that would listen that we can take control our health, starting in the kitchen. Foundational plant-based culinary education is a key element in taking a personal stance for health personally, for the planet and of course the animals.”
Chad Sarno has brought his unique culinary style to a vast array of projects throughout his career before joining Rouxbe Online Culinary School as VP of Plant-Based Education.
“It is not something you would expect a French chef to say, but you do not need meat to make an excellent dish that is exciting and full of flavour. I passionately believe that vegetables can be the star of the show.”
Bruno Loubet is a chef well known for his classic French provincial cooking. He owns Bistrot Bruno Loubet in the Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell, London.