Chef Admits To “Spiking” Vegan Meals, Now Resigns

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By Cooking Panda

An Italian chef and restaurant owner that received a storm of death threats after boasting about “spiking” a vegan customer’s meal has resigned. Laura Goodman, chef and co-owner of Carlini in Shropshire, posted to Facebook after a frustrating tussle with guests on December 29 that read, “Spiked a vegan a few hours ago.”

Goodman’s post was shared on a Facebook page called the “Boring Group.” Commenters were shocked when Goodman added later: “Pious, judgmental vegan (who I spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed, still believing she’s a vegan.” Her flippant admission left the restaurant open for harsh criticism and a storm of poor restaurant reviews. TripAdvisor, Facebook, and Google pages were flooded with a warning to future customers to stay away if you have special dietary requirements and to not trust Goodman.

A Facebook user wrote, “You cooked willingly for someone you know is vegan, make it non-vegan, and then brag about it behind their back? Who is the pious and judgemental one here really?” Another reviewer on TripAdvisor suggested Goodman’s actions qualify as assault. The Sun reports local vegans plan a protest outside the restaurant, demanding it be shut down.

The restaurant’s Facebook page has been deleted, but that has not stopped customers and commenters from expressing their outrage. Since Goodman’s post, the restaurant owner allegedly received prank calls and bookings and scores of death threats, which had been reported by the police.

Goodman apologized with her fiancee and co-owner of the restaurant saying her “flippant” post was in response to frustration after cooking special vegan dishes for a group of customers, only for one to order a non-vegan mozzarella cheese pizza. She has expressed her deep regrets for using the word “spike,” which would imply she had intentionally added meat to a vegan’s dish.

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In the face of threats and overwhelming negative responses, Goodman has resigned. A statement was issued on Wednesday, January 3 that Goodman would no longer be working at the Shifnal restaurant and its sister Carlini venue in Albrighton, which will both reopen later in the week.

Sources: Grub Street, Independent, The Sun / Featured Image: Ula Zarosa/Wikimedia Commons

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