Chef offers to resign after death threats over 'spiked a vegan's food' claims

Mark Molloy
Laura Goodman has offered to resign after claiming to have 'spiked' a vegan diner

A chef who received death threats after claiming to have "spiked" the food of a vegan customer has offered to resign after her comments sparked a fierce backlash.

Laura Goodman's Shropshire restaurant was flooded with one-star reviews after she wrote in a closed Facebook group that she "spiked a vegan". 

A spokesman for Carlini, who have two restaurants in the West Midlands county, confirmed both will remain closed until later this week following the uproar.

"Laura Goodman has today tendered her resignation from Carlini and the board of directors are currently considering their options," the statement said.

"Whilst this process is being completed, Laura will not be working at either of the restaurants, which will re-open later this week.

"As part of a pre-planned recruitment drive, Carlini is also recruiting for an additional head chef to work across both its restaurants in Shropshire."

Carlini's restaurant in Shifnal, Shropshire Credit: Joseph Williams

Ms Goodman's partner, Michael Gale, confirmed to the BBC that she would "take some time off" and "consider her options".

"She recognises she needs some time away from the business to clear her head and think about what happened," he added.

In the controversial Facebook post, Ms Goodman wrote: "Pious, judgmental vegan (who I spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed still believing she's a vegan."

Her comments caused anger amongst vegans, with her remarks being criticised for being "extremely unprofessional", "abhorrent" and "unethical".

Michael Gale, co-owner of Carlini Italian restaurant Credit: SWNS

Mr Gale said the episode was a "misunderstanding", adding: "There is no question of her having 'spiked' anyone."

He explained the head chef had cooked a special vegan menu for the group, only for one of them to order a margherita pizza with buffalo mozzarella cheese.

"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 said.

Shropshire Council say it is investigating complaints made about the incident.

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