Celebrity chef Bryn Williams is facing a backlash. The Canary found he will be providing a slap-up meal at one of the biggest arms fairs in the world.
Anti-arms campaigners have accused Williams of looking to ‘profit from death’ by putting on the feast at the controversial event.
DSEI takes place every two years at the ExCeL centre. It describes itself as:
The world leading event that connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the global defence & security supply chain on an unrivalled scale.
In 2019, it runs between September 10-13.
Several countries on the UK government’s own human rights watchlist will attend. Nations accused of war crimes, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, are also on the invite list. This is despite UK courts ruling arms sales to Saudi illegal this summer.
“Backing profit from death”
As The Canary reported, between 9 and 11 April, the UK government faced a judicial review over its continuing arms exports to Saudi Arabia. It investigated whether the UK was supporting ‘serious violations of international humanitarian law’ because these arms have been used by Saudi Arabia in its ongoing war on Yemen.
CND general secretary Dr Kate Hudson said:
A key issue that should concern us all is the level of government expenditure on weapons – so much of the profits in the arms trade come from public spending…
I am sure we would all rather our public money was invested in feeding our children and caring for our elders. This is the message we have to get over when we oppose this arms fair: we are talking about supporting values that dignify all our communities and our society, not backing profit from death and untold suffering.
The lavish menu at DSEI will be based on meals from his Porth Eirairs restaurant in Colwyn Bay.
The Welshman rose to fame in 2006. Williams won a competition on the BBC series Great British Menu to cook for the Queen as part of her 80th birthday celebrations.
Williams has also released a series of cookbooks and owns two fine dining restaurants in London, Odette’s Primrose Hill and Somerset House.
Heat in the kitchen
The slap-up feast has been condemned by activists who’ve been trying to stop DESI.
Welsh activist Helen Jones told The Canary:
I’m utterly disgusted to hear that Bryn Williams is getting rich off the back of mass murder…SC4 should drop his programme Cegin Bryn immediately. He is no role model.
The Canary contacted Williams for comment but none was received by the time of publication.
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