A British chef said she ‘spiked’ a vegan’s meal. Then she lost her job.
Vegans have a hard time dining out. Their menu choices are often limited to a mélange of sides and salads, or they have to risk looking fussy by asking servers and chefs to alter dishes to their liking. The vegan entree is usually just boring grilled vegetables. Then there’s the fear that, inadvertently or purposefully, a chef will slip some animal products into their meal: That the cheese is not actually nondairy, or the “vegetable broth” actually has chicken stock in it.
Even more frightening: That a chef would do that, and brag about it.
That’s what may (or may not) have happened at Carlini, an Italian restaurant in Shifnal, England. Laura Goodman, the restaurant’s co-owner and chef, wrote in a Facebook group that a “pious, judgmental vegan (who I spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed, still believing she’s a vegan.” She also posted that she “spiked a vegan.” The comments sent Brits into an immediate furor, and people have been bombarding various sites that list the restaurant with negative reviews.