Vancouver gander is being called out by a local chef for posting “offensive” photos on Instagram of a salad with caviar and caviar dressing, a recipe that was originally shared by a customer in 2013.
The owner of The Gourmet Kitchen in the downtown Vancouver neighbourhood of Cambie said he was “disgusted” to be tagged in the post.
It’s disgusting,” he told the CBC.
“I’m not saying it’s wrong.
I’m just disgusted.
I have no words to express it.”
The chef told CBC News that he has a business license but that he’s not allowed to use the name of the restaurant, which is located in the building where the restaurant is located.
The owner of the Gourmet, David Brouwer, said he didn’t even know that the name was on the blog.
“I don’t know the context of it, so I’m not sure exactly what it’s referring to,” he said.
“But, you know, I don’t want people thinking this is what my restaurant is all about.
I mean, we’re a full-service restaurant.
We’re not an eating place.
It seems very insensitive to have people making a political point.”
Brouwer said he did not think the photos were racist, and said that the restaurant was not looking to promote the chef’s views.
“We’re not saying what he’s saying is wrong.
We are saying what the food is.
And I would not have posted that.
I think that’s really offensive to a lot of people,” he added.
“But I think it’s a lot more of a personal thing that he would have said if he thought it was offensive.”
Brianna Leighton, a vegan chef and owner of Vegans & Goats in Vancouver, said the owner’s “offensive comment” is “so sad and disappointing” for Vancouver.
“As a vegan who is vegetarian and an avid vegan, I’m disgusted that someone would think it is okay to put food and food products on social media that are not vegan.
It is so insulting to those of us who live on a planet where we are living in harmony with the planet, where the environment is the most precious resource, to put something like this on social,” she said.
In a statement, the Vancouver Police Department said they were “aware of the incident and will investigate.”
“The Vancouver Police Service is committed to respecting all Canadians, including those who are vulnerable and in need of assistance,” the statement said.