Gordon Ramsay has shown a strong hatred to non-meat lovers over the years.

The foul-mouthed celebrity chef has gone to war with vegetarians on countless occasions - and even claimed his worst nightmare would be one of his kids announcing they were one.

Gordon once claimed he was part of PETA, but mockingly added: "People Eating Tasty Animals".

Gordon has made it clear he is certainly not a fan of vegetarians and may have gone too far, once tricking a group into eating meat for his TV show.

But he has made a slight U-turn in recent years and even tried going vegan.

Tricking vegetarians into eating meat

Gordon on his TV show Kitchen Nightmares
Gordon on his TV show Kitchen Nightmares

Gordon has liked to play particularly nasty pranks on vegetarians in the past - causing a lot of controversy along the way.

While promoting the BBC's Comic Relief programme in 2003, the chef was asked what had been his most recent lie.

He replied: "To a table of vegetarians who had artichoke soup. I told them it was made with vegetable stock when it was chicken stock."

In one of his most controversial stunts, Gordon once tricked a vegetarian into eating meat while filming the second series of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares in 2005.

Members of the public were invited to sample pizzas at a struggling Italian restaurant in Hertfordshire.

When one of the volunteers revealed he had been a a vegetarian for eight years, Gordon claimed the chefs had prepared a special vegetarian pizza for him to try.

Once he had eaten a slice, Gordon revelled in telling him: "Unfortunately, that pizza has got a lot of mozzarella and tomatoes, but underneath all that there is parma ham."

Gordon Ramsay on Hell's Kitchen
Gordon Ramsay has no time for vegetarians

When the vegetarian complained that a "mean" trick had been played on him, Gordon hit back by claiming he "hasn't come out in a big rash".

Ramsay laughed at the man while asking if he would like more and told the restaurant's chefs that they have "converted a vegetarian".

As the man walked off, Gordon called out: "Good luck with the Vegemite!"

The controversial prank infuriated vegetarians - with many blasting his 'offensive and unethical' actions.

At the time, Tina Fox, the chief executive of the Vegetarian Society, said: "I am amazed that Gordon Ramsay can find the discomfort of a fellow human being so amusing.

"It can be deeply upsetting for vegetarians to find they have eaten any part of an animal in error. Would Gordon find it equally amusing if an anaphylactic customer died at the table due to eating nuts?"

A Channel 4 spokesman said: "We believe this was a genuine mistake and that Gordon Ramsay did not deliberately set out to give meat to a vegetarian."

Mocking vegan recipes

Gordon Ramsay watching a Cucumber Wellington being made on TikTok
Gordon Ramsay watching a Cucumber Wellington being made on TikTok

Gordon has proven he can adapt to the times, so he now spends a lot of time critiquing food on TikTok.

The foul-mouthed chef isn't afraid to go hard on people's cooking in real life, so he really loves exposing dodgy meals to his 20 million followers.

While Gordon usually dedicates most of his time to calling out those who don't prepare meat in the right way.

But back in January, he turned his attention to a Canadian TikToker called That Vegan Teacher.

"Eating animals is wrong, Gordon Ramsay. Hurting animals is wrong, Gordon Ramsay," she sang on the social media platform.

"Share this song, and if you call me a donut that's fine, as long as you're vegan from now on."

Gordon responded by watching the video back while mockingly chewing on a piece of lettuce.

At the end of the tune, Gordon spat out the lettuce and hit back by calling the woman a "vegan donut".

Gordon doesn't hold back on TikTok
Gordon doesn't hold back on TikTok

Then to really rub it in he picked up a juicy beef burger and started chomping away.

Uploading the same clip to Instagram, Gordon wrote: "Nothing wrong with being vegan. Everything wrong with trying to force people to convert."

In another edition of his #RamsayReacts series, Gordon roasted an amateur chef who shared a video of his cucumber Wellington.

The first step in his cooking process was to place two lettuce leaves onto a piece of cling film, before adding the mushroom crumb.

Gordon was less than impressed with what he was witnessing and stunned viewers with a dirty reference.

"Oh dear, that looks like one of my wife's toys from under the bed," exclaimed Gordon.

When the TikToker user rolled the parcel in pastry and popped it into the oven, Gordon cried: "No, stop it. Is there a raw cucumber in there?

"How dare you insult Wellington. You need to get back to the vegan teacher's classroom you donut."

Fears kids will be vegetarian

Gordon has banned his kids from turning away from meat
Gordon has banned his kids from turning away from meat

From an early age, Gordon educated his kids on where their food comes from.

He even caused controversy in 2005 by making them say say goodbye to their turkeys - when daughter Tilly was just a toddler.

"Bye bye turkeys," said Gordon, before adding: "See you in the oven!"

One of Gordon's very worst fears is that one of his children will announce they no longer eat meat.

So much so that Gordon has already come up with a pretty harsh punishment if one of them ever did decide to become a vegetarian.

He explained: "My biggest nightmare would be if the kids ever came up to me and said 'Dad, I'm a vegetarian.'

"Then I would sit them on the fence and electrocute them," he said.

Ramsay also said he would "never forgive" his daughters if they came home with a boyfriend who did not eat meat.

Paul McCartney row

Sir Paul McCartney was not happy with Gordon
Sir Paul McCartney was not happy with Gordon

Sir Paul McCartney, who has not eaten meat for 40 years, blasted "stupid" Ramsey for his outspoken remarks against vegetarians.

"I think it's a case of live and let live," the legendary singer told Sainsbury's Magazine in 2008.

"I will talk to people about the advantages of vegetarianism, and it will upset me if we've had a good conversation and they turn around and say something stupid.

"I just read a quote from Gordon Ramsay... 'If my daughter ever grew up and married a vegetarian, I'd never forgive her'.

"But even that I would forgive because it's not my affair, it's not up to me if he talks stupid or not."

U-turn on veganism

Gordon produced his own vegan 'beef' wellington
Gordon produced his own vegan 'beef' wellington

Despite vowing he would never go vegan, Gordon did dabble back in 2018 as part of a major U-turn.

"Going to give this #vegan thing a try … Yes guys you heard that right. Gx," he tweeted in April 2018.

This coincided with Gordon launching a vegan pizza at his restaurant, leading some to think it was a gimmick, but others praised him for embracing new things.

Once Gordon got a taste for the vegan life he couldn't go back as he took part in a vegan cook-off on MastherChef.

Then in a sensational twist this year, Gordon launched his own vegan 'beef' Wellington as part of Veganuary.

He began promoting the meat-free meals being sold at his restaurants and many people have praised the move to add inclusive options for vegans.

Sharing the recipe, he wrote: "A vegan twist on our classic beef welly… try making @breadstkitchen’s delicious beet welly at home this #Veganuary."

While the introduction of a vegan dish excited a few of his fans, it riled many who thought there were better ways to cook vegetarian recipes than by just adding beetroot.