The Telegraph has appointed William Sitwell as a writer and commentator, two months after the former Waitrose Food magazine editor stepped down over comments he made in an email to a freelance in which he proposed a series on â€œkilling vegansâ€�.
Sitwell will write a new restaurant review column for the Telegraphâ€™s Saturday magazine and website, starting this weekend, and will also contribute occasional features for the newspaper.
Jane Bruton, the Telegraphâ€™s deputy editor and director of lifestyle, said: â€œIâ€™m delighted to welcome William to The Telegraph and his new weekly column will be an insightful addition to Saturdayâ€™s magazine.
â€œWith 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.â€�
Sitwell stepped down from his former role in October as he apologised â€œto any food- and life-loving vegan who was genuinely offended by remarks written by me as an ill-judged joke in a private emailâ€�.
Freelance food and travel writer Selene Nelson contacted Sitwell on 23 October with a pitch for a series on vegan cooking. Waitrose has recently expanded its range of vegan and vegetarian products.
Sitwellâ€™s reply the same day,Â first reported by Buzzfeed News, read: â€œHow about a series on killing vegans, one by one. Ways to trap them? How to interrogate them properly?
â€œExposing their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat? Make them eat steak and drink red wine?â€�
The Telegraph also announced today that Michael Deacon will take up a new column in the Saturday magazine later this year to replace his food column. His parliamentary sketches for the newspaper will continue.
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