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    Shepherds pie tartare, please

    Chef sentenced after one killed and 31 left ill by undercooked shepherd’s pie


    A church harvest supper at a village pub ended in tragedy when one of the congregation was killed and 31 others suffered food poisoning after eating a shepherd’s pie filled with mince that had been incorrectly prepared by a rushing chef.
    Elizabeth Neuman, 92, repeatedly vomited after eating the pie and died while other parishioners became “unpleasantly ill” and three of those attending only escaped because they were vegetarians, Reading crown court heard.
    The cook, John Croucher, who at the time was head chef at the Crewe Arms in the Northamptonshire village of Hinton-in-the-Hedges, was given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, after admitting a charge of contravening food regulations.
    Defending himself in court, Croucher, 40, said: “I hate to say it, I really hate to say it, but I think I was rushed. I was rushing.” He said he had worked in kitchens for 20 years and was now “a better chef” because of the “horrible, horrible circumstance”.
    He added: “Remorse is an understatement. This is something I will never forget. Because of it, I am a better chef and it is just a shame the cost of it had to be what it was.”
    The judge, Sarah Campbell, said: “On 8 October 2018, 35 villagers went to the Crewe Arms for a harvest meal. Thirty-two people ate the shepherd’s pie. A healthy and well person died of a gastrointestinal haemorrhage induced from vomiting. No sentence I pass can reflect the loss caused to the family.
    “Croucher was the chef that night. The mince was not cooked properly and was placed into a pan with iced water. Croucher needed to leave, so put the mince in cling film and put it in the fridge overnight. Having left it, he cooked it again and added warm mashed potato. He did not take the temperature when it was served.”

    Chef sentenced after one killed and 31 left ill by undercooked shepherd’s pie


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    Quote Originally Posted by beachbound View Post
    The mince was not cooked properly and was placed into a pan with iced water. Croucher needed to leave, so put the mince in cling film and put it in the fridge overnight. Having left it, he cooked it again and added warm mashed potato.




    im never ordering Shepard’s pie at a pub again.

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    Do the Newspapers arrive late around where you live?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachbound View Post
    three of those attending only escaped because they were vegetarians
    I'm guessing they'll continue to be so.

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    How the fuck has he managed to screw that up?

    For fucks sake, even Chitty smashed it the other week on the dinner thread!

    It's actually harder to get it wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachbound View Post
    Hinton-in-the-Hedges
    Aside from the tragic story, this is just so typically English . . . a really nice village name and looks just like what you'd imagine:


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    Should have had Rachel prepare it.

    Last edited by beachbound; 03-12-2021 at 03:15 AM.

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    Should have ordered the cottage pie instead.

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    did they find out who the shepherd was?

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    Little Bo Peep.

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