A controversial chef who has declared war on vegans accuses a notorious animal rights activist of using the movement to promote her OnlyFans
- Chef accuses activist of promoting her OnlyFans
- A vegan protester stormed a restaurant in Perth
By Sarah Liversidge for Daily Mail Australia
Published: 1:31 a.m. EDT, July 13, 2023 | Update: 1:33 a.m. EDT, July 13, 2023
A chef caught up in a bitter battle with an activist vegan has accused the woman of using her animal rights advocacy solely to promote her OnlyFans account.
Chief John Mountain made the accusation against notorious protester Tash Peterson during a joint interview on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday.
Ms Peterson – known for her defiant style of protest, which often involves stripping – made headlines earlier this month when she stormed Mr Mountain’s Fyre restaurant in Connolly, Australia north of Perth.
Ms Peterson, along with a dozen other activists, made their way inside the room, with a loudspeaker loudly playing the sounds of pigs crying out in distress before being shot.
Mr Mountain accused her of using her vegan activism to promote her OnlyFans, who he claimed made “$40,000 a month”.
Ms Peterson hit back at the chef, calling his claims “untrue”.
“Where is your proof? she said, adding that “it’s none of your business what I earn” from work.
“I would like to earn that much,” she said.
Mr Mountain said Ms Peterson showed up at his restaurant twice in two weeks to protest.
“The week before she ransacked my restaurant,” he told radio hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson.
“My staff were in shock, customers were in shock. I was pretty calm because I’m used to chaos in a kitchen.
Mr Mountain said the first occasion was ‘a bit heated’ but on the second he had ‘lost my rag’.
“I just wanted to stop the protest,” he said.
Vegan activist Tash Peterson is known for her cheeky and controversial style of protest, which often involves stripping
Chef John Mountain (right) clashed with animal rights activists who stormed his restaurant
Mr Mountain’s war with vegans began last month when Fyre posted a statement on his Facebook page announcing that vegans were no longer welcome “for mental health reasons”.
Mr Mountain said the ban on vegans followed a complaint from a vegan customer who asked that the venue accommodate her dietary requirements.
Although the chef agreed to cater to the client’s needs, the request eluded him when he had to respond to a private reception.
He said the woman sent a lengthy complaint to the company’s Facebook page, adding that while justified, she made it “personal”.
“I said, ‘Tell all your vegan friends to give me a one-star review,’ and she did just that,” he said.
“The Google site crashed because it was getting 400 reviews per hour. »
“My business rating went from reasonable to 2.8 and I was in tears,” he said, adding that it was “just a small business trying to make a living.”
He told Sandilands and Henderson that the ordeal “hurt” him and that he poured half a million dollars into the restaurant.
“I managed to make enough money to open my own business and then get a vegan to say I’m not good enough,” he said.
Ms Peterson said Mr Mountains claiming she used her activism to promote her OnlyFans was ‘wrong’
Ms Peterson said she has been an animal rights activist for six years and set up an OnlyFans account two years ago to allow her to “become a full-time voice for animal rights”.
She said she lost her job as a swimming instructor and lifeguard due to a criminal conviction.
“I’m not trying to shut down businesses,” she said.
“I try to get people to choose the vegan options at these businesses. »