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Back in 2018, chef Alexis Gauthier predicted that his London restaurant would be fully vegan within two years. The pandemic may have interfered with his exact timing, but when Gauthier Soho reopens in June, it will no longer use any animal products.
Having personally switched to a vegan diet five years ago for health and moral reasons, Gauthier had already started pushing the restaurant in a plant-based direction — serving a much-lauded vegan tasting menu and creating a vegan foie gras, or faux gras. And until Gauthier Soho's guests return to fine dining, the chef will be running 123 Vegan, a cafeteria at Mayfair department store Fenwick.