Restaurant chef Laura Goodman has resigned after boasting about spiking a vegan group’s meals on Facebook. After spending hours preparing a special menu for a party of vegan and vegetarian guests at her Italian restaurant, the chef lost her temper when one of them dared to ordered a Margherita pizza (which has mozzarella on it).


Once the evening was over, Goodman, who co-owns the Carlini Italian in Shifnal, Shropshire, had a bit too much to drink and hopped onto social media to tell on herself (although she now claims her comments- see below- were only made flippantly and should not have been taken seriously). She has now apologized and police are investigating death threats made against her.

A spokesman for Carlini Italian said:

“Laura Goodman has today tendered her resignation from Carlini and the board of directors are currently considering their options. 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.”1

Apparently, she’s now scared to leave the house and the police are taking the threats against her very seriously. (While we NEVER CONDONE ANY FORM OF VIOLENCE, drinking too much and then jumping on social media has never worked in anyone’s favor!)


On Facebook, Miss Goodman wrote:

‘pious, judgmental vegan (who i spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed still believing she’s a vegan’

Since her little outburst, a protest has been scheduled and her TripAdvisor and Google scores have gone down from five stars to one.

A poster warning diners about Laura Goodman

Goodman’s business partner and fiancee, Michael Gale, who with Goodman invested £200,000 in the new restaurant (creating 20 jobs in the process) said:
“Since then our world has been turned upside down with death threats, threats of violence, threats of lawsuits from all around the world. The essential story is some vegetarians and vegans went to a restaurant, had vegetarian and vegan food, and left. We don’t even know if the person that ordered the pizza was vegan, she could have just been vegetarian, in which case there would have been no problem with her ordering that. We now understand that in the vegetarian and vegan world, saying that you’ve ‘spiked’ someone’s food means that you put meat in it, which isn’t the case here.”2

What do you guys think? While it’s true that she should NOT have made those comments should people be reacting the way they are? Would you?

Sources and References

  1. Daily Mail, January 3, 2018.
  2. Daily Mail, January 3, 2018.