John Mountain, a well-known chef, has caused controversy by implementing a policy at his Perth-based restaurant, Fyre, that excludes vegans. Mountain claims “mental health reasons” as the rationale behind this decision. The announcement has triggered anger among left-leaning individuals and vegans, while others have found humor in the stereotype of vegans being excessively bothersome. This move came about following a vegan customer’s critique of the limited plant-based options at the establishment. The customer expressed dissatisfaction on Facebook, stating that the restaurant’s decision “…to not be able to have actual plant-based meals shows your shortcomings as a chef.” This incident reportedly served as the tipping point for Mountain, leading him to enforce the ban on vegans at his restaurant.

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