BIG MACCA V HEATHER'S WHOPPERS
EXCLUSIVE Sir Paul & Mucca to do battle.. over VEGGIE BURGERS £3m deal for Linda style grub
By Katie Hind Katie.Hind@People.Co.Uk
Veggie fanatic Heather Mills has begun a food war with ex-husband Sir Paul McCartney - after she signed for Burger King.
Lady Mucca will pocket £3million for launching a meat-free burger - just as Macca prepares to revamp his late wife Linda's vegetarian food range.
Last night a source close to Sir Paul, 66, said the former Beatle will see the "irony" of 41-year-old Heather's surprise move.
The source said: "No-one can deny Heather's commitment to the vegan cause.
"Sir Paul will probably see a certain sense of irony in Heather's career move.
"But he won't be fuming. If more people become vegetarian as a result of this, then some good will come out of it."
Burger King signed up ex-glamour model Heather after she gave £700,000 of free veggie burgers to poor kids in New York last year.
Despite her poor public image in the UK, Burger King bosses are convinced her grub will be a big hit at their 11,350 outlets worldwide.
Our source said: "Heather is ecstatic. She believes she can change the eating habits of millions.
"She's also being paid a lot of money and the deal will help boost her standing."
At the same time she's expecting flak from some veggies for taking money from the Whopper chain in the first place.
Burger King currently has just one veggie option - a bean burger - and has faced criticism for fuelling unhealthy eating habits.
Sir Paul's first wife Linda, who died in 1996 at 56, launched her veggie food range in the 1980s. Sir Paul revealed last month he was updating and rebranding the products, which include meat-free curries, with his photographer daughter Mary.
He has even come up with a new tagline - Food To Come Home To - for the range bought by natural and organic food specialists Hain Celestial.
Nine days ago, Heather - who last March won a £24million divorce payout from Sir Paul - launched another food enterprise, taking over the Big Fish Cafe near her home in Hove, Sussex.
But she upset regulars by taking fish off the menu and replacing it with plant-based food.
Yesterday, Heather played down comparisons between her and Linda's products. Her spokesman said: "Heather is doing a plant based Vegan line of food which is different than the line Linda had.
"Heather has been a vegan ever since she lost her leg and she has been developing and refining vegan recipes ever since."
Sir Paul and Linda, who become veggies in the 1970s, were patrons of the Vegetarian Society. The Linda Mc - Cartney frozen food range, which includes meat-free burgers and sausages has made profits of almost £100million since the 1980s. Paul still dines on it.
Mucca is currently a patron of both the British animal rights charity Viva! and the Vegetarian and Vegan foundation.
Two years ago she fronted The Incredible Veggie Show, in London. This month she bought a fish cafe in East Sussex and changed it into a vegan restaurant. But her deal with Burger King will be the first time she's put her name to a commercial food range.http://www.people.co.uk/news/tm_headline=big-macca-v-heather-s-whoppers&method=full&obj...