Two English toddlers were rushed to the hospital after an acclaimed chef, who once served afternoon tea to the Queen, spiked chocolate pudding with ecstasy.
According to DailyMail.co.uk, Neil Iron allegedly laced mousse and truffles with ecstasy to "liven up" a pub birthday party.
Some of the mousse was leftover, which was served to kids when their family went to the pub for lunch the next day. The children became ill after lunch. One child suffered a "pretty severe" allergic reaction after the two kids shared the mousse pot. Both were left "injured and seriously affected." Tests from the hospital found traces of cocaine and ecstasy in their system. Another customer claims he had an "out-of-body experience" after eating two truffles left over from the party.
Chef Iron told the courts that the desserts could have been tampered with at the chaotic party on that Saturday night. He said, "It must have been a person from the party because that's were the food was. I wasn't in the living room, I was in the kitchen." The chef was sited last April for cocaine possession. Chef Iron added the leftovers were brought back to the kitchen by party guests around 1:45am. He said, "At that point, there were about six people milling around the kitchen. Other people were putting food in the fridge as well as me."
A chocolate cake that had been made for the party was tested for drugs, but did not contain any traces of drugs. Chef Iron denied telling the father of the children, or the guest who ate the truffles the following day, that there were drugs in the truffles. Chef Iron said, "I'm not going to say to someone, 'would you like some drug-laced food products?' when you are about to sit in my restaurant and consume a lunch."
The prosecutor accused Chef Iron of lying. He claimed the guests at the party may have asked him to lace the desserts with drugs to "liven it up." The prosecutor said, "You made it clear, even if it was by alluding to it, that they were drug truffles." The jury will consider the verdict today, as Chef Iron still denies three counts of administering poison or a noxious substance with intent.