Neil Iron is a famous chef for many reasons. He used to serve Queen Elizabeth and Prince Edward afternoon tea and he was nearly awarded the National Chef of the Year in the United Kingdom. But now, he's infamous as he stands trial for allegedly feeding children ecstasy in the form of chocolate mousse.
Iron, 32, allegedly prepared a spiked version of the dessert for a birthday party at a north London bar in October, according to The Telegraph. The next day, two toddlers were taken to the bar with their parents for lunch and ate some of Iron's chocolate mousse leftovers.
It had disastrous results. The children fell ill and were taken to the hospital.
Iron was arrested in October and his trial started this week. The famous chef told reporters that he'd never put drugs in food, The Sun reported.
"I have never suggested there were drugs in any of the products. I'm not going to say to someone, 'would you like some drug laced food products' when you are about to sit in my restaurant and consume a lunch," he said. "It must have been a person from the party because that's where the food was. I wasn't in the room, I was in the kitchen."
Another customer who attended the party told police that he had an "out of body experience" after eating two of Iron's truffles.
The food was found to be laced with MDMA -- methylenedioxymethylamphetamine -- which is also known as pure ecstasy.
Iron has reportedly been warned about cocaine possession in the past.
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