Michelin Star Chef ‘Put Chicken Broth Into Vegan Dishes’ According To Reports

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A Michelin-starred chef has admitted to using chicken broth in vegan and vegetarian dishes, according to a report by The mirror.

Karunesh Khanna, executive chef of Indian restaurant chain Tamarind, did not tell customers the meals contained animal products, according to legal documents.

The details were revealed in an employment tribunal, which was brought by former deputy manager Mafis Ali, who lost his job when he told restaurant bosses about the chicken stock.

Chicken in Vegan Meals

The court was told that Mafis Ali asked a sous chef that the use of chicken broth be disclosed to serving staff. When Khanna refused, saying “guests don’t need to know”, Ali emailed all the chefs to disclose the deception.

It raised concerns about potentially animal products to vegans and vegetarians, as well as the issue of serving non-halal chicken stock cubes to strict Muslims. When the email was ignored, six staff members confronted restaurant manager Shoaib Malik and insisted he speak with Khanna.

When Tamarind manager Fateh Dhaliwal heard of the row, he said “those staff members need to be phased out” i.e. those who were concerned about the use of ingredients of animal origin.

Court

The court heard that Khanna had “made it clear that he was not going to disclose the use of Knorr chicken powder to guests”, leading manager Shoaib Malik to resign in disgust.

Two weeks after the dispute, Mafis Ali was fired. A labor judge ruled that Ali had been unfairly fired. He will be awarded damages, of around £2,500 at a reparations hearing in September.

Khanna still works for the Tamarind restaurant chain, heading the kitchen at its flagship Mayfair restaurant.