Scottish chefs fall out over dietary policy

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A spat between two chefs came to a strong-worded culmination last week as Chef Craig Millar fell out with Chef director of Haar restaurant, Dean Banks, over whether chefs should cater for all dietary requests.

The fallout was sparked by 16 West End chef Craig Millar's Tweet, after a customer asked whether a course in a tasting menu contained any nuts - halfway through her meal.

 

Last year, we published a piece detailing the chef's views on what he calls 'fuckwitarians' - customers who embrace fad diets and, he believes, make life difficult for chefs.

MasterChef: The Professionals 2019 finalist Dean Banks - who recently made the headlines for his tough stance on no-show diners - however, takes a different stance.

The same day, he Tweeted his exasperation, stating that as professionals, chefs have a duty to accommodate people with dietary requirements:

Dean said that he was proud to cater for any requirements, and that he would be "happy enough" to take all customers Craig Millar turned away.

The argument got out of hand as the chefs made it personal, questioning one another's prominence and reputation:

Despite the bitter embroilment, Craig Millar stuck to his guns, injecting his unique sense of humour into several more pointed Tweets.

The chef called an article in The Courier 'one sided', joking that it failed to mention his good deeds:

Not content with letting things lie, he went back for more days later:

What are your thoughts chefs? Do you think chefs should adapt to all customers' dietary requirements? How much notice do you think customers should have to give for any special requests? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Editor 6th January 2020

Scottish chefs fall out over dietary policy