A chef who allegedly received death threats after posting comments about a “spiked” vegan meal online has quit.
Laura Goodman faced an angry backlash after apparently writing on Facebook that a "pious, judgemental vegan had gone to bed believing she was still a vegan".
Furious commenters believed the chef, co-owner of Carlini Italian restaurants based in Shifnal and Albrighton, Shropshire, had suggested she purposefully gave vegans animal products.
However, her partner Mike Gales later told the Mirror that Ms Goodman had prepared a special menu for a group of vegans and vegetarians.
Despite her efforts, one of the group ordered a Margherita pizza with mozzarella cheese, he added.
He told the Mirror: “The comments were made when (Laura) was very tired and had a few drinks at the end of a 72-hour week - the busiest week of the year.
“It was a bad choice of words. It was a mistake. We would never feed any vegetarian or vegan meat."
Mr Gale added that his partner was “devastated” over the incident and claimed she had received death threats.
A spokesman said: “Laura Goodman has today tendered her resignation from Carlini and the board of directors are currently considering their options."
Shropshire Council said yesterday that the incident was being investigated.
A spokesman told the Standard: “We have received complaints in relation to this matter and are currently investigating. We’re therefore unable to comment further at this time.”
The Evening Standard has contacted Carlini for further comment.