Food Network chef Michael Symon sells t-shirts that read, “Eat More Meat.” The Chew hosts wrote a cookbook titled, A Modern Day Meat Bible. And at his Roast restaurant in Detroit, Michigan, there’s a regular meat item featured on the menu titled “Roast Beast of the Day.”
So what the heck is this guy doing professing his love for Meatless Mondays?
Symon has an interview with the Huffington Post where he explains all.
“When I met my wife 20+ years ago, she was a vegetarian, so I was the closest thing to the devil that she had ever met,” Symon said. “She was like, “All you eat is meat! What is wrong with you?” Her diet was more vegetable and plant-based and my diet was more heavily meat-based, so we found a middle. It just became part of our life routine.”
“Because I’m so known as a meat-chef, when I talk about Meatless Monday some people look at me like I’ve lost my mind. I think it gives the earth a second to breathe and gives my body time to do what it needs to do.”
So will the Beast of the Day at Roast change to vegetable of the day on Mondays like the Symon household has? Symon admits that while his other restaurants could easily implement it, fans of Roast might be hesitant to trade their steak for Swiss Chard ravioli. But nothing is impossible.
“That being said it’s still something I believe in very strongly and when I tell people they look at me like I’m crazy! They say “you own a restaurant that cooks animals on spits and specializes in hamburgers, why would you ever promote not eating meat for one day a week?” For me, it’s just a choice that I make, not only for myself, but also the Earth that I stand on.”
Read the entire interview at Huffington Post and grab two Meatless Monday recipes from Symon while you’re there.
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