Chef announces “spiking” vegan on Facebook, death threats follow

Photo: itakdalee/Getty Images
Photo: itakdalee/Getty Images

Example 47,289 of why you shouldn’t post incriminating evidence on social media: Laura Goodman, most recently chef and co-owner of the Italian restaurant Carlini in the English county of Shropshire, has resigned from her position and is receiving death threats after proclaiming a misdeed on Facebook. The BBC reports that Goodman—who, like many cooks, enjoys commiserating about customers on Facebook—wrote on December 30 how she “spiked” a vegan with an animal-based food.


She revealed in a now-deleted Facebook post: “Pious, judgmental vegan (who I spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed, still believing she’s a vegan.” Goodman’s fiancee and co-owner would later clarify that she designed a vegan menu for a group of diners, but one later requested a pizza with cheese, where the non-veganness was presumably added. News of Goodman’s post became a mushroom cloud on social media, and her former restaurant Carlini has since been inundated with one-star reviews. Tripadvisor even suspended publication of new postings for Carlini, citing “an influx of review submissions that do not describe a first-hand experience.”

For her part, Goodman said she is “deeply sorry” and “deeply distressed” about the death threats she has received. Take a lesson from this: If ever you feel the urge to bitch on social media, may we suggest our preferred method of letting off steam: a quart of ice cream and whiskey.

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

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Architeuthis Ex Machïna

This doesn’t sound like a malicious and secretive use of animal products in a diner’s food... it sounds like some annoying “vegan” made an “inconvenient” order then followed it up with a request for a cheese pizza. She “thinks she’s still a vegan” because she’s too dumb or deluded to accept that cheese negates the word Vegan.

But, yeah, go ahead and threaten a woman’s life over something as dangerous as the food the rest of us eat every day. This is a choice, and one I don’t honestly care if anyone makes, but let us not pretend any harm occurred.