England’s Royal Horse Racing event is adding vegan dishes to the menu this year… still exploits the horses

More than 300,000 attendees at this year’s Royal Ascot horse racing event in England will have plant-based menu options. Chefs at Ascot Racecourse have developed new dishes this year to modernize the event menu to match current consumer trends. “Today there is a real realization that we need to change the way we eat,” said French-born chef Raymond Blanc. The Telegraph. “Vegetarianism and veganism is not a trend, but a significant change based on knowledge and awareness that we, as chefs, home cooks and retailers, must embrace.” Other chefs at Ascot Racecourse have also created plant-based dishes for the event, including chef Sarmado Sibley who will be serving salt-based celery with potatoes au gratin, traditional carrots, crispy kale and red wine jus. While the idea of ​​adding plant-based dishes to the menu during Royal Ascot is a welcome change, Vegan Society spokeswoman Dominika Piasecka points out the hypocrisy of serving fewer animal products while continuing to exploit them through horse racing. “Offering more vegan meals can only be a positive thing and although no vegans would attend horse races, plant-based food is a healthy option for anyone who wants to eat better,” said Piasecka. . “However, horse racing is a fictionalized industry which, at first glance, may seem like a harmless sport, but it is cruel and exploitative.”

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