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You Say Tomato, I Say *Clank*

DSC_8911_crop.jpgSome chef’s take their food very personally.

A row over the correct way to make shepherd’s pie ended up in court after a disagreement between two brothers turned violent.
After a day spent drinking, Michael Garvin cooked his brother John the traditional English dish for dinner, expecting a grateful response.
John, however, voiced his disquiet that the pie was not topped with a layer of sliced tomatoes.
His brother, a chef, claimed a layer of tomatoes was not the appropriate way to finish off a shepherd’s pie, and responded by hitting him over the head with a shovel.
As the argument got out of control, John threatened to petrol bomb his brother’s flat and was arrested.

Who the hell puts a layer of tomatoes on top of Shepherd’s pie? I’ve never heard of such a thing. And the judge in the case agrees: “District Judge Peter Ward told the defendant that, in his view, there was no need for a layer of tomatoes on a shepherd’s pie.” Case closed.

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As an Irishman, I could understand how this dispute could come to blows. Tomatoes? No way!

And as an Irish woman, I concur with William. No way in hell do you put tomatoes on shepherd's pie. I would have to resort to violence also.

This story is just excellent.

I am not Irish. I may be part Irish. I'll have to ask Alex Haley. Either way, tomatoes do not belong on the top of a Shepherd's pie.

Who the hell puts tomatoes on a shepherd's pie?

I must admit as an Irish girl raised in Mississippi I have put tomatoes on a shepherd's pie. But we also call the noon meal "dinner" so what do we know.