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Waitrose editor who joked about killing vegans joins Telegraph

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The former editor of a food magazine who quit after joking about “killing vegans” has joined the Daily Telegraph as a restaurant critic.

William Sitwell stood down from his role as the editor of Waitrose food magazine in October after making the controversial comment to a freelance journalist who pitched him a new series on vegan cooking.

In his first piece for the Daily Telegraph, Sitwell will review a vegan meal.

In his response to journalist Selene Nelson’s pitch in October, Sitwell said: “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?”

Ms Nelson shared the comment on Twitter where it attracted unwanted attention for the food critic, and he stepped down from his role at the helm of the magazine.

In response to the Daily Telegraph’s announcement, one Twitter user asked Sitwell if his first meal would be plant-based.

He said: “It was – review out this Saturday.”

Jane Bruton, the Daily Telegraph’s deputy editor, said: “I’m delighted to welcome William to The Telegraph and his new weekly column will be an insightful addition to Saturday’s magazine.

“With a wealth of experience as a food critic, author and broadcaster, he will bring a unique voice to our existing roster of talented journalists and critics.”

Sitwell also regularly appears on Masterchef, and has written and helped compile a number of foodie books.

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