A UK chef is being investigated after she claimed to have “spiked” a group of vegans’ meals at her restaurant at the weekend.
Laura Goodman, who gloated on Facebook a vegan she had served had “gone to bed still believing she’s a vegan”, is facing backlash and even death threats for her claims.
Goodman co-owns Carlini, a restaurant in Shropshire, UK, and the local council has told UK newspapers it is investigating after receiving complaints.
On Saturday, Goodman had been preparing meals for vegan guests who had called ahead. After the busy shift, she posted to Facebook: "Spiked a vegan a few hours ago".
Later she added: "Pious, judgmental vegan (who I spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed still believing she's a vegan."
This sparked outrage from angry vegans, who bombarded the restaurant's Google review page with negative comments.
Goodman's business partner, Michael Gale, later told The Telegraph, the incident had been a "misunderstanding".
Gale claimed his partner had not purposefully added meat or animal products to a vegan meal, but carelessly made the comment after a waitress told her they had eaten some of the non-vegan meal ordered.
"Laura is absolutely mortified by the comments she made which were posted in the early hours of the morning after a very long shift and too much to drink," he told the newspaper.
"There is no question of her having 'spiked' anyone."
Gale explained that a group of vegan and vegetarian customers had called and booked a table at the restaurant, and Goodman had suggested some vegan meals she could prepare especially for them.
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"But instead when they did come in they only ordered two dishes off the standard menu, a roasted cauliflower dish and a margherita pizza which obviously has buffalo mozzarella cheese," he explained.
"When one of the waitresses came into the kitchen she commented that she thought one of the vegans had been eating the pizza. The comment came from that."
He also offered an apology for the "ill-advised" comments.