As a former Chef myself, I always find it funny reading stories about Chefs who “exact revenge” on someone.
Especially when that someone is an annoying, self-entitled pain in the arse.
This story came from the RT website which you can view by clicking here.
It tells the tale of Laura Goodman; Chef at the Carlini Restaurant in Shropshire, and how she “spiked” a Vegan with a non-vegan product, and then bragged about it in a series of Facebook posts, one of which was:
“pious, judgemental Vegan has gone to bed still believing she is a Vegan”
According to Goodman, she had spent hours coming up with a Vegan menu with the alleged victim of the “spiking”, after which the same person then ordered a non-vegan meal for herself.
Extremely unnecessary if true isn’t it?
She was simply looking after the other people in her party who were obviously all hard-core Vegans, and who:
“MUST be given only the finest Vegan delicacies, and there CANNOT POSSIBLY be any non-vegan items anywhere near the food at all! I must make you aware of the fact that we are VEGAN and we are saving the World one meal at a time! We MUST be accommodated more than the average customer for the same price that everyone else pays because: WE ARE VEGANS!!!!!!”
“Oh, and I’ll have cheese on mine.”
“But cheese isn’t Vegan?”
“That’s ok, a little bit is fine.”
I know, I know. That was quite a bit of conjecture on my part, but I guarantee that’s pretty much how it would have went.
The amount of times I’ve sat down with clients who have “Dietary issues” who, instead of politely asking for their needs to be accommodated, suddenly grow a huge chip on their shoulder and start DEMANDING things that aren’t even on the Dietary menu that I have provided for them.
“But I don’t WANT that, I want THIS instead! I’m allergic to Gluten and can’t possibly have THIS menu!”
“But those are the Gluten Free options Sir/Madam” I respond (generally through gritted teeth)
To which the client will suddenly remember that they are also allergic to most of the other items on the menu, so I will absolutely HAVE to make the dish they have specified and that is NOT on the menu.
And which normally always contains an item that they earlier claimed to be “allergic” to. (For more insight into my detestation of “allergen” sufferers, see my Post: Gluten free – my arse!)
So, back to Chef Goodman. What did she actually do wrong?
According to another of her Facebook posts she claims to have “spiked a Vegan tonight…”
Her partner and Co-owner has claimed that Goodman simply “mis-spoke” and “had used a poor choice of words”.
Personally I think she was completely annoyed at the customers for messing her about and decided to vent her fury by claiming to have “spiked” them with non-vegan or vegetarian products. I think she was just trying to wind-up some Vegans on Facebook in order to “get back” at the ones who had caused her the stress at work.
Did she really spike them?
Probably not. Chefs are angry, cantankerous and easily offended, however 99% of us wouldn’t actually spike a Vegan.
We’d think about it for sure, but not actually do it.
It remains to be seen if Chef Goodman is part of the 1% however.
I think the moral of this story should be this:
Don’t make claims about “spiking” people, particularly Vegans, when you’re a Chef and own a business. It’s bad for your reputation and that of Chefs everywhere.
Also, don’t annoy a Chef. We understand you have certain dietary needs and we’ll try our best to aid in your pursuit to “save the World one plate at a time”, but stop acting like you’re the most important person ever to grace the globe with your presence.
Nobody cares about your “needs” as much as you do.
Well, I’m off now to eat a big, juicy cheeseburger in front of the window of the local Vegan Bistro. I know it’s childish but it’s just too hard to stop myself winding up people who don’t have the energy to chase after me…