A UK chef has admitted to "Spiking" a group of vegans. This one made the news - but trust me when I say this happens
EVERY ... SINGLE ... DAY...
About a year ago, Veganizer initiated a conversation to the public regarding "Veganizer Certifications" in all omnivore kitchens attempting to create a vegan menu or vegan options. Unfortunately, it didn't move very far. Some even said that it would discourage restaurants from attempting to do so. I could not disagree more. As a vegan, I've been in far more omnivore kitchens than vegan kitchens strangely. I've also had way more conversations with omnivore chefs and restaurateurs than the average vegan.
This is no longer the 90s or early 2000s. Chefs have no choice but to offer vegan food. The demand is too high at this point. Perhaps the "beggar can't be a chooser" was the correct method 10 years ago - but not anymore. We can and should raise our standards because even if a chef accidentally uses animal products via sauces and such, they're STILL using animal products. Letting them remain in their ignorant bliss is no longer an option.
What people don't realize is, after working behind the scenes in so many omnivore kitchens, I know just how deep the ignorance of chefs and cooks goes. Even trained chefs that mean well, feed vegans animal products simply because they've never researched the hidden animal ingredients to sauces, spices and processed foods - the way in which vegans do. This chef is bluffing about being innocent. I'm 100% sure she gave the group dairy, butter or gelatin. Not a doubt in my mind.
You see, chefs are artist. They have egos, pride and artistic temperaments - and as vegans, we basically say "we don't like your art"...
To them it is a personal attack on an artistry in which they've committed their lives. They simply don't understand how to incorporate ethics into eating. For the classical (especially European or Latino) Chefs - the only factor that mattered for the last infinity years was flavor. This is not the first time a chef has admitted to feeding vegans animals and I assure you it will not be the last. Perhaps it's time Veganizer started the conversation again.
OR BETTER YET.
Do you know of an omnivore restaurant that is attempting to jump on the vegan bandwagon? If so, ask them if they'd be willing to go through a training with Veganizer. If they're so certain their foods are vegan, what's the harm - right? If they refuse (which many have) you should probably think twice before gobbling down their apparently vegan food.