This Chef Bragged That She 'Spiked' A Vegan's Meal And Ended Up Resigning

Everyone loves making fun of vegans. I am a hundred percent sure the comments on this post will have the classic vegan joke somewhere: “How do you know someone’s a vegan? They tell you!” 

Yep, heard that one. And yes, vegans can be very holier than thou about their lifestyle choices, but also why do you care? It for sure doesn’t matter at all if someone in your life doesn’t eat meat, or dairy or eggs or honey. Wow, that’s a lot of stuff. But it’s still none of your business! Unless you’re their chef.

According toMetro UK, a chef at Shropshire restaurant Carlini named Laura Goodman is in hot water after posting to Facebook that she “spiked” a vegan’s meal. According to Goodman’s Facebook posts, which have since been deleted, one of her vegan clients was rude to her. So she violated their belief system and put something they didn’t want to eat in their food. That’s messed up!

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Goodman’s comments were in a secret chef’s Facebook group where people go to blow off steam. Customers can be rude, and it’s probably good to have a place where you can complain about stuff; but people weren’t pleased with Goodman’s “crime.” 

Metro UK reports that the responses were all pretty disgusted with Goodman, with one commenter writing, “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. You then decide that the problem must be with all the people in the group, rather than your own reprehensible behavior?”

The group’s admin, Debbie Ireland, told reporters that she wasn’t surprised to see the backlash.

“To eat at any restaurant, you are placing your trust and health in them,” she said. “A lot of damage can come from food not being prepared properly, or in this case, contamination.”

Since the story escaped the confines of the secret group, Goodman and her erstaurant have been put on blast, with terrible one star reviews appearing on all platforms:

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Goodman never said exactly what she allegedly put in this vegan’s meal, but most folks are jumping right to the meat conclusion. Since her story blew up, she’s even walked back her claims, saying it was all a joke. Too late.

The BBCreports that Goodman’s restaurant is being investigated by the Shropshire Council. Her partner Michael Gale says the word “spiked” was “poorly chosen.”

“In no way does this excuse the comment and we totally understand the anger it has subsequently caused. No meat was used in any of the dishes,” he added. What about dairy, dude? What about dairy??

While the vegan in question perhaps had no harm come to them from this debacle, except maybe psychologically if they found out, it is still extremely bad for business. Grubstreetreports that Goodman has resigned at Carlini and taking “some time away from the business to clear her head and think about what happened.”

Though I firmly believe the chef was wrong to mess with someone’s food—consider how you would feel if someone rubbed your bagel on their butt before serving it to you—things have also gotten extremely out of hand. 

She was supposedly receiving death threats, which is an irrational response from people who cherish the Earth’s creatures, great and small. Can’t we just respect each other’s beliefs and not try to kill each other? That’s far less radical than veganism.

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This Queer Chef Has Zero Interest In Being Profiled By Ivanka Trump's Website

This Queer Chef Has Zero Interest In Being Profiled By Ivanka Trump’s Website

Chef Angela Dimayuga was surprised to see freelance writer Adi Heyman slide into her DMs recently.  “I would love to conduct an interview (via telephone/email) with you spotlighting your work as a strong female entrepreneur,” wrote Heyman, calling her work “extraordinary.” 

The catch to all this positive press? It was for Ivanka Trump’s website. 

Heyman went on to reassure Dimayuga that the website was “a non-political platform of empowerment for modern working women.” Dimayuga is the executive chef at Mission Chinese Food, so she has certainly accomplished extraordinary things. However, she disagreed with Heyman’s characterization of an Ivanka property.

In a long response which Dimayuga screenshot for Instagram, she laid into the idea of Ivanka Trump profiting off her story in any way. Dimayuga is queer, the child of immigrants, and a woman of color. In her letter she says that any amplification of her voice through Ivanka’s publication wouldn’t put a dent in all the techniques the Trump family is using to silence people like her all over the country. Here’s her letter in full:

Hi Adi, Thank you for thinking of me. I’m glad you are a fan of my work so much that you want to provide more visibility for my career to inspire “other working women.” However, I’m for women who actually empower other women. I don’t believe thatIvankaTrump.comis truly “a non-political platform of empowerment for [women]”. 

So long as the name Trump is involved, it is political and frankly, an option for theIvankaTrump.combusiness to make a profit. I don’t see anything empowering about defunding Planned Parenthood, barring asylum from women refugees, rolling back safeguards for equal pay, and treating POC/LGBT and the communities that support these groups like second class citizens.

As a queer person of color and daughter of immigrant parents I am not interested in being profiled as an aspirational figure for those that support a brand and a President that slyly disparages female empowerment.Sharing my story with a brand and family that silences our same voices is futile. Thank you for the consideration. 

The Huffington Postreports that Dimayuga is even more aware of intersectional politics because of her job as a chef, as cooking is often a male dominated field. She told them, “It’s important for me to acknowledge the intersectional community in which I’ve been able to creatively thrive in.” In return, she’s gotten an enormous response on her post, including a comment from celebrity chef Antony Bourdain who wrote, “My hero!” in the Instagram comments.

”The sheer number of people that have been supportive just shows that there is a stronger and bigger community than I see on the day-to-day that are willing to actually help, protect, support women and those in marginalized communities,” Dimayuga toldThe Huffington Post, adding, “I’m not interested in a catfight―I just found an opportunity to speak and share my narrative and my truth to vocalize my values and my own integrity. For me, it was an opportunity to say I belonged to a community where I hope to enrich the different spheres I live in and to cultivate empowering environments that are safe for us.” 

Though Dimayuga hasn’t heard back from Heyman, she got a bunch of new followers from her post. Including Ivanka Trump herself. Guess Ivanka momentarily heard at least one new voice, probably because it was shouting, “HELL NO.”

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