Python panic is just hissy fit
by Chris Hunter
It's CONSTRICTLY legal. That’s the message from a Maidstone chef
after claims in a national newspaper that his new specials menu –
featuring python steaks – had "sparked outrage" in the town.
"They belong in the wild, not on people’s plates," one man was
quoted as saying in The Sun, under the headline "A slice
of pie-thon", after news of Maidstone's new American diner
broke in the Kent Messenger last week.
But chef Nick Hunter - whose restaurant at Coyotes in Bank
Street also offers exotic specials like crocodile and moose
burgers alongside a regular menu - says he has had no
complaints, from diners or elsewhere.
And he says he was not contacted by any journalists from
the red-top newspaper.
"All we’ve had is positive feedback," he said. "It’s got people
talking, but no one’s said we shouldn’t be doing it.
"It’s not unethical, the suppliers are not taking rare species
from the wild. They are animals which have been culled. It’s a bit
of a cheap shot."
Read more in this week's Kent Messenger.
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