Wynn became a vegan in June 2010 after watching a documentary on his yacht in the French Riveria. After eliminating meat and animal byproducts completely, over the next year, Wynn made it his mission to spread the word about the benefits of veganism, and even went so far as to provide a promotional vegan book and the accompanying documentary on DVD to his nearly 10,000 employees.
Some say his zeal for the vegan diet borderlined on obsession. Wynn has said in interviews, “The notion that you need animal food as protein is one of the great conspiracies of (expletive) by the government.” After decided to turn vegan, Wynn returned home and hired vegan chef Tal Ronnen to add vegan options to his hotel menus. His Christmas card even encouraged his loved ones to lower their cholesterol.
In May, he apologized for “preaching” at the Viva Las Vegan, an event he coordinated along with Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit. “This is a matter of fundamental survival and continued vitality of our society and our population,” he told the Viva Las Vegan audience. “It is not some kind of fringe activity for tree huggers.”
Has veganism’s biggest cheerleader turned over to the meat side? Those are the rumblings around his very successful restaurants, but whether or not Wynn has jumped ship, strict diets aren’t for everyone and some may find such rigidity in their diet can’t last for long.