Top Chef winner — and one of my all-time favorite contestants — Stephanie Izard recently found herself in a big ol’ pot of hot water after hosting a veal dinner in a series of meals titled “Wandering Goat.”
Long story short: PETA was not happy with the chef’s choice and penned a letter saying, “We’re writing today because numerous individuals—including fans of yours—contacted us to let us know that they were shocked to see you promoting veal and even displaying a photo of a skinned baby calf—Guillermo, as you named him—on your Twitter.”
Izard, responding on her blog, explained her decision to use veal.
“In the past I have rarely used veal due to the inhumane treatment of calves,” said Stephanie. “However, I was contacted by a local farm that raises free range veal in a very respectable way. While many people shun veal, the greater culinary community will continue to have veal be a part of their menus. All I am trying to do is get people to look at these local farms as refuge from larger meat-processing plants.”
Free range veal? I’m not sure how that’s even possible!
Do you think Steph should just say no to the cruel meat or continue to support “local” veal? Leave a comment and speak your little heart out!