Waitrose food magazine editor who joked about 'killing vegans' gets Telegraph food critic job

Conrad Duncan@theconradduncan
Thursday 03 January 2019 17:00
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It’s been a roller coaster week for vegans.

After the excitement of Greggs’ vegan sausage roll announcement and the whole of "vegan Twitter" taking on Piers Morgan over it, The Telegraph had some news…


Well if you remember back in October 2018, Sitwell was the editor of Waitrose Food magazine, until an email he sent to freelancer Selene Nelson was leaked and he resigned.

In the email, he responded to her pitch for a “plant-based meal series” with a series of jokes about attacking vegans.

He wrote:

How about a series on killing vegans, one by one? Ways to trap them? How to interrogate them properly? Expose their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat? Make them eat steak and drink red wine?

Sitwell’s supporters saw his resignation as a great injustice.

But others saw it as a simple case of an editor being punished for behaving unprofessionally.

The email clearly didn’t hurt him very much too, because he’s already back at one of the UK’s biggest newspapers, less than three months after he resigned.

Although some social media users were glad to have him back, others were not happy with the news.

Some thought The Telegraph's readers probably weren't too bothered by Sitwell’s comments anyway.

Most importantly, people just wanted to see the most ambitious vegan crossover of the year.

And because the internet lives off controversy, it was inevitable that his first review was going to be for a vegan restaurant.

To be fair to Sitwell, he has been on a journey of self-discovery since he resigned as Waitrose Food editor and he even managed to apologise publicly to Nelson when the two finally met in person.

So maybe he's turned over a new leaf and won’t be coming back to join Piers Morgan’s "vegan resistance".

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