A hotel head chef named Alex Lambert was fired from his job after he bragged on social media that he had been secretly feeding his vegan clients with meat products.
Alex Lambert, head chef at the Littleover Lodge Hotel in Derby in the United Kingdom, has been given his marching orders after the hotel management learned that he made a disparaging comment about vegans. ?In an attempt to irk the vegan, Alex said that it was his ?personal favourite? to sneak in meat products into the dishes ordered by vegan customers.
Chef Alex Lambert?s provocative comment was: ?@abby.koopman well you should find a better way to spend your time, my personal favourite is feeding vegans animal products and them not knowing. And by people like me I assume you mean most of the planet? As being a vegan is a minority. So if you?re spending half an hour per person you best crack on.?
An Instagram user, who goes by the name abby.koopman responded: ?Hope you get caught one day, would love to see that. I know we?re a minority and really don?t give a sh*** because that has no relevance. Enjoy the heart disease :)?
According to the UK Telegraph, Chef Alex Lambert?s contract was ?terminated after vegan campaigners lobbied the hotel, accusing him of abusing the human rights of those who choose not to eat meat products.?
The Daily Mail reported: ?The remarks provoked an online backlash, with vegans from across the country sharing the post and flooding the village hotel’s Facebook page with 1-star reviews.?
The online uproar brought forth complaints and comments encouraging customers to boycott the 3-star establishment. Here are some of them:
Doreen McCluskey left this 1-star review on the hotel?s Facebook page: ?The chef at this hotel prides himself on sneaking pork bits in the food of people who can’t eat it. He thinks that it’s very funny. I suggest that you eat elsewhere unless you want to be the butt of the joke and be sick, after paying good money for your food.’
Rosie Wilder seconded Doreen?s comment: ?It is in writing that your head chef is purposely feeding vegans non-vegan food. If the head chef remains, I will never attend this establishment and will warn all my family/friends/vegan groups to avoid at all costs!!?
A certain Abigail Elizabeth Suter wrote: ?People have a right to know what goes into their food. If I asked for a vegan dish and was told that is what I’d get then I’d expect a vegan dish. Not something where the chef has been sneaking animal products into it for a laugh.’
Rachel Hill commented: ?He should not be allowed to work with food again. He clearly cannot be trusted! This is very, very serious, I hope he realises just how dangerous his behaviour has been. The trust that we put into restaurants and chefs as paying customers has been completely abused.?
Following the online protest, the hotel management was forced to issue a statement regarding the matter:
?We have investigated all accusations against Mr Lambert and found no evidence suggesting that any of these practices have taken place within this hotel. However, due to the comments made by Mr Lambert regarding specific dietary requirements, the company has decided to terminate his employment which has been done forthwith.?
To pacify the online protesters, Littleover Lodge Hotel general manager Nicholas Crooks also gave his two cents about the controversial matter.
?This is the last thing we need, the comment was nothing to do with us. We’ve investigated the situation and we’ve replied to every single review. We cater to all dietary requirements, we run a proper and professional operation here and we feel as if we’ve been completely battered by this.?
In his defense, the 30-year-old head chef countered that his comments were untrue and that he made those comments only to tick off a ?militant vegan.? Alex said that the militant vegan he argued with online wished him and his daughter ill, causing him to lose his top.
?It was a stupid comment made to a vegan during an argument online. It started as a post I had made that essentially said ‘how do you know if someone is a vegan? Don’t worry, they will tell you’. That was in relation to a customer who had come in and was telling everyone they were vegan, it’s much healthier and better for them and anyone that eats meat is wrong.
?A militant vegan saw this post and began commenting, saying I should go get heart disease and I will be responsible for the death of my daughter by feeding her animal products.
?I lost my temper, which I think is understandable given her comments and said something completely stupid with the sole intention of pi**ing her off. That is basically all it was.
?I have been a chef for nine years. I have never in this time done anything like feeding a vegan animal products or slipped in contaminated food.
?My job has always been my passion and something I have always taken very seriously. It was a stupid comment said out of anger.
?For the record I have no issue with vegans.?
Unfortunately for Chef Alex Lambert, it?s a little too late now to say sorry.
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