If you’re new to the lifestyle, eating out as a vegan can be tough. You’re probably conscious of what those around will think and you don’t want to be a pain for the restaurant.
Things like this really don’t help settle any worries.
In the Littleover Lodge Hotel in Derby, head chef, Alex Lambert, bragged to his Instagram followers that he put meat in vegan dishes.
It occurred after getting into an argument with a vegan on Instagram, in which he said:
“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.”
The post then went viral and the hotel’s Facebook page was subsequently bombed with negative reviews.
However, the Littleover Lodge Hotel reacted swiftly and fired the chef.
The management refused to accept and claimed that none of the vegan customers had been ever served meat as they’ve found no evidence after investigating. However, they fired Lambert because of the nasty comments made by him.
A statement said:
“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.”
Hotel general manager Nicholas Crooks also added:
“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.”
Speaking after being fired, Mr Lambert admitted that he had been ‘completely stupid’ but insisted that he had been provoked by a ‘militant vegan’.
“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.”