Double Michelin-starred chef Sat Bains REFUSES to serve vegan food at his £120-a-head restaurant because it is ‘a rip-off’
- Top chef Sat Bains says vegan food is the ‘biggest rip off’ with cheap ingredients
- He claims there are certain dietary requirements they won’t do at his Restaurant Sat Bains
- Bains’ Michelin-starred restaurant in Nottingham, as voted Tripadvisors’ fourth-best on the planet in 2018
- He claims customers visit the ‘niche’ eatery knowing exactly what to expect
A Michelin-starred chef has refused to offer a vegan menu because he says it is the ‘biggest rip off’ with ‘cheap’ ingredients and does not provide value for money.
Sat Bains, 33, who has two Michelin stars, offers a £120-a-head taster menu featuring delicacies such as Wollaton Hall deer and partridge ragout paired with earthy flavours like truffle and lichen.
Michelin-starred chef Sat Bains (pictured), 33, has refused to offer vegan food at his Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottinghamshire as it is the ‘biggest rip off’. He said: ‘You can’t go to a heavy metal concert and expect classical music. It’s my business and my business model to do what I want. I don’t do vegan, halal or kosher’
Mr Bains, who opened the restaurant 20 years ago, said: ‘It’s not just 10 dishes thrown on a menu – it’s thought about so much in minute detail.
‘We want to give our customers the best food we can.’
Customers visit the ‘niche’ eatery knowing to expect and the types of ingredients they use on the seven-course menu, costing £105, or ten course at £120.
His fine-dining restaurant (pictured) centers around game season with the seven-course menu, costing £105, or ten course at £120, offering diners local Wollaton Hall deer and partridge ragout
For this reason, the Great British Menu winner refuses to do ‘certain dietaries’ just as he ‘doesn’t go to a vegan restaurant and ask for a steak’.
He told the Mirror: ‘The amount of research to get the same flavour and texture as fat to give that luxurious mouthful is phenomenal.
‘You can’t go to a heavy metal concert and expect classical music. It’s my business and my business model to do what I want. I don’t do vegan, halal or kosher.’
Mr Bains suggested his restaurant bent backwards trying to cater for one diner who had a nightshade allergy to certain vegetables.
The restaurant (pictured) would ‘never’ set out to be vegan, according to the Great British Menu winner. He suggested the chefs bent backwards trying to cater to a diner with a nightshade allergy to certain vegetables and was ‘almost forsaking’ the cooking style
He admitted finding it ‘so hard to get right’ and ‘almost forsaking [the restaurant’s] style’ to meet their needs.
The double Michelin-starred chef is not a ‘specialist’ in vegan food and would ‘never set out’ to be.
It comes a year after the restaurant was crowned tenth best fine dining restaurant in the UK by Trip Advisor for its 2019 Travellers’ Choice Restaurants Awards.
Sat Bains was previously named the best in the country and number four in the world in the 2018 awards.
The restaurant was the first in the English city to win a Michelin star in 2003 – and it has since won another.
The career of Michelin-starred chef Sat Bains
Acclaimed chef Sat Bains came from humble beginnings after joining a catering course at Derby College at 18 years old.
He is a second-generation Sikh-heritage Brit whose parents settled in Derby in the 1960s. His father ran newsagents and off-licenses and greatly influenced his work ethic – seeing the now Michelin-starred chef doing paper rounds at age 13 from 4.30am.
Mr Bains earned a City & Guilds qualification before working under Mick Murphy.
Raymond Blanc went on to hire Bains as one of 16 members for the opening of the first Le Petit Blanc in Oxford in 1996.
After six months, he moved to French restaurant L’Escargot in London.
He went back to Nottingham where he applied for the Roux Scholarship in 1999.
Mr Bains mixed with other training chefs such as Rene Redzepi and got his first taste of working in a Michelin-starred restaurant – Le Jardin des Sens in Paris.
He had won the scholarship after losing his job at an art gallery cafe which had left him and his partner Amanda desperate for the title.
Following the win, he was was offered a job at Hotel des Clos in Nottingham which had gone into receivership. The men had read about his Roux award in the paper.
Within five years, he has managed to take on the job of head chef, become a partner in the business and bought the restaurant, which is now Sat Bains Restaurant, with his wife.
The self-made chef has dedicated himself to develop seven and ten course meals and has admitted he cannot offer à la carte cooking.
He was crowned one of the winners on the BBC show Great British Menu in 2007.