Report: TV Chef Angers Fishermen by Turning Endangered Fish Into Fritters


Report: TV Chef Angers Fishermen by Turning Endangered Fish Into Fritters

An Austrian TV chef faced backlash after frying an endangered species of fish, the Frauennerfling, on a show aired by broadcaster ORF. The Frauennerfling, also known as the pigo or Rutilus pigus, has been listed as “in danger” by the IUCN since 2013. The chef and the broadcaster both issued apologies following complaints from viewers and anglers.

The incident occurred during a segment where the chef prepared a dish of potato salad with fish fritters, using the endangered Frauennerfling. ORF received criticism for featuring the endangered species in the recipe, with many expressing disappointment and outrage over the use of the near-extinct fish.

Gregor Gravogl, the director of Lower Austria’s fishery association, described the incident as extremely sad and unprecedented in his career. The chef explained that the mistake was due to a miscommunication with a friend who provided the fish, mistakenly believing it was from a legal source.

ORF also issued an apology, acknowledging the use of a protected species in the cooking segment. The broadcaster claimed to have received incorrect information regarding the fish used in the recipe. The recipe itself has been modified on the website, now suggesting to use “fish fillet, preferably from a trusted fisherman” to avoid similar incidents in the future.

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