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Chef who boasted of 'spiking vegan's meal' tenders resignation

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 03/01/2018 James Rodger
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A chef has today tendered her resignation from a Shropshire restaurant after appearing to boast of "spiking" a vegan's meal.

Laura Goodman has offered to step down from Carlini and the board of directors are currently considering their options.

The comment, written from the account of Laura Goodman, wrote on Saturday morning: "Pious, judgmental vegan (who I spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed, still believing she’s a vegan."

Chef who boasted of 'spiking vegan's meal' quits after backlash © Facebook Chef who boasted of 'spiking vegan's meal' quits after backlash

When asked if this meant she had added non-vegan ingredients into her meal, Ms Goodman's account replied: "Actually I should have said “they’re” not a vegan… not “she’s”.

"Started with asking me to telephone them, over Christmas, to discuss the dietary requirements of their guests within a set time frame, and ended with me wondering why I’m explaining this simplistic post to a pious c***."

In a separate post, she appeared to add: "Spiked a vegan a few hours ago."

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A statement issued by the restaurant today (Wednesday) states: "Laura Goodman has today tendered her resignation from Carlini and the board of directors are currently considering their options.

"Whilst this process is being completed, Laura will not be working at either of the restaurants, which will re-open later this week.

"As part of a pre-planned recruitment drive, Carlini is also recruiting for an additional head chef to work across both its restaurants in Shropshire."

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Michael Gale, Co-Owner of Carlini, told the Birmingham Mail: “We appreciate the outrage Laura’s ill-judged comment on social media has caused and would like to apologise for what it insinuated.

"She had spent a lot of time designing a special vegan menu for a party, who then decided to choose something from the existing menu – one meal of which was a cheese-based pizza, which isn’t vegan friendly. This is what she meant by the Facebook comment - in no way does this excuse the comment and we totally understand the anger it has subsequently caused.

"However, we want to assure everyone that the meals were all prepared to our usual high standards and in accordance with the Food Standards Agency. No meat was used in any of the dishes.

"We are passionate about creating high quality food and all of our chefs are trained to understand the different dietary requirements of our customers, many of whom are vegetarian and/or increasingly vegan.”

After the comments were made, the replies were quick - and furious on social media.

"You feed vegans (who have trusted you and presumably paid for their meals) non-vegan food, boast about it on social media in a group that represents quite a broad cross-section of society, and get roundly chastised," one wrote.

"You then decide that the problem must be with all the people in the group, rather than your own reprehensible behaviour?"

Another chipped in with: "‘I am not a vegan but if someone was I would never feed them non-vegan.

"I am a fox-hunting Tory but your behaviour is despicable."

"‘I’m an omnivore but I am a lifelong teetotaller, and would be very upset if someone spiked my drink," another added.

"There is no reason, medical or otherwise, why I can’t drink alcohol – I just don’t.

"On Christmas Day I take my own bottle of non-alcoholic wine because most people don’t see the point of getting it in, and I’m stuck with pop or Schleour, which is just grape juice.

"Or even worse, they think it’s funny to openly give me alcohol and say “Oh, just get it down you, live a little”. Very insulting."

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