How come it’s always something?
Celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver are in hot water for serving endangered European eel at their restaurants. Despite the fact that the species was listed as endangered in 2008 after a 90% drop in its population, it was recently discovered that they were part of the menu options.
Alright, I get why Ramsay is entrenched in this scandal. The dude usually sucks, and we’ve told you all the ways; which include eating a raw puffin heart on camera (hiss!!), openly hating on vegetarians, and calling organic food “over-priced and boring.”
Unfortunately, it seems to be so.
British newspaper The Sunday Times did an investigative report which found that both chefs, despite having campaigns to highlight the declining fish stocks, had eel on the menu. For Ramsay, who recently traveled to Costa Rica to expose shark finning, the eel made an appearance at his London restaurant Maze as well as at La Veranda, in Versailles, France. And it was also revealed that Oliver, who recently aired a sustainable seafood special in the UK called “Big Fish Night,” served the eel at his London restaurant, Fifteen.
After the paper contacted the chefs, the endangered eel was removed from their respective restaurants.
“Eel has occasionally been on the menu at Fifteen London but will now come off the menu until we have done further research into the state of eel stocks,” a spokesman for Oliver said.
While a spokeswoman for Ramsay stated, “We will be reviewing our position and removing it from the menu for now.”
We’re glad the endangered ell is now off the menu, but how did it get there in the first place?!