World-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, who was previously a critic of veganism, recently shared a new recipe for Vegan Bang Bang Cauliflower on his YouTube channel. The recipe video is part of the chef’s “Ramsay in 10” series which shows viewers how to cook meals in less than 10 minutes. The series is inspired by Ramsay’s latest cookbook of the same name.
In the video, Ramsay shares with viewers some of the ingredients needed for the Bang Bang cauliflower dish: cauliflower cut into florets, rice, limes, bok choy, ginger, dried chilies, onions, and cilantro. “The secret to this dish: it’s delicious, and it’ll make you vegan in nine minutes and 59 seconds,” Ramsay noted in the video. “Let’s have 10 minutes on the clock, please.”
Ramsay goes on to show readers how to cut cauliflower florets to remove the stalks and he suggests saving the stalks for other uses like soups. He then shows how to coat the cauliflower florets with rice flour, salt and pepper; how to fry them in a shallow pan with sesame oil and olive oil – “Gauge the heat, watch the color, listen to the noise”, he advises – then how to make the sauce bang bang using the remaining ingredients and a separate pan.
“I started making this dish with chicken — Bang Bang Chicken or Bang Bang Pork — but with cauliflower, it’s so tasty,” Ramsay said.
Ramsay finishes the dish by adding bok choy and sliced chili peppers to the fried cauliflower, then he transfers it to a serving platter and drizzles the cauliflower with the bang bang sauce and sprinkles with the chopped cilantro. “That there, frankly, after 30 years of cooking [it] makes me want to go vegan – for a minute,” Ramsay said.
Gordon Ramsay’s Vegan Kitchen
In previous years, Ramsay has branded himself as one of veganism’s foremost critics. He frequently joked about vegans and once said he was allergic to them. But in 2018, for the first time, the chef added a vegan menu item (Charred Eggplant Pizza) to his restaurant Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza (now called Bread Street Kitchen) in London. At the time, he shared a photo of the new menu item on Twitter with the caption, “Gonna try this #vegan stuff.”
After receiving positive feedback from fans on the new vegan dish, Ramsay continued to experiment with plant-based cooking. In January 2019, he introduced a full plant-based menu at his Bread Street Kitchen restaurant to celebrate Veganuary, an annual challenge that promotes veganism and encourages people to go vegan for the month of January. Ramsay’s Vegan menu included pumpkin soup sprinkled with truffle oil, superfood salad, wild mushroom risotto, eggplant pizza and a selection of desserts ranging from chocolate avocado mousse to ice cream banana.
The chef has since started adding vegan options to his various other restaurants around the world, including an all-vegan menu at his Hell’s Kitchen-inspired in Las Vegas and a simply named Vegan Burger at the Gordon Ramsay Burger in Las Vegas and Chicago.
Gordon Ramsay loves vegan food
More recently, Ramsay started sharing vegan cooking recipes on her social media. Last year, the chef took to TikTok to show his fans how to make crispy vegan bacon from rice paper to use in a vegan BLT sandwich.
Ramsay has also become an ambassador for a new campaign by vegan brand Silk to promote its oat milk. The GOAT campaign promoted Silk’s oat milk as the greatest milk ever (GOAT) and featured celebrity ambassadors who are the GOAT in their own right. Ramsay, who was named the GOAT of Yelling in Kitchens, took to social media to promote the campaign.
“Well, it took my kids to pick on me, but now I really like cooking more plant-based meals at home and in my restaurants,” Ramsay said. “Let me tell you, I know greatness when I taste it and love silken oat milk for both sweet and savory recipes.”
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