Cooking Show Host Fired for Recommending Cat Stew
That last horrific item has landed an Italian cooking-show host in his own pot of boiling hot water. Beppe Bigazzi, a well-known food writer, was fired from the cooking show "La Prova del Cuoco" after telling viewers that stewed cat is a "succulent dish," the Times of London reports.
"I've eaten it myself and it's a lot better than many other animals. Better than chicken, rabbit or pigeon," the 77-year-old Bigazzi told viewers.
The show's presenter Elisa Isoardi, who mentioned her own cat Othello in protest, looked awkwardly horrified as Bigazzi explained that cat meat should be soaked in spring water for three days before cooking.
Bigazzi was suspended indefinitely from the show as critics around Italy spoke out against the idea of eating cats.
"Cats are pets protected by law," from "cruelty, maltreatment and abandonment," said Health Ministry Undersecretary Francesca Martini, according to the Associated Press. Bigazzi's stunt, she said, "hurts sensibility, which is fortunately steadily growing, of citizens toward animals."
Martini also called for the show's producers to be investigated for criminal offenses for inciting the mistreatment of animals, the Times reported.
Bigazzi is off the air (for now). With all that extra free time on his hands, though, we just hope he's not planning any dinner parties.