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Nail in steak sauce, lizard in bread create a stir!

- Environmental Health Department found the complaints genuine
A nail found in a bowl of steak sauce at Brandywine Restaurant in Brandywine Bay and a small lizard in a loaf of freshly baked bread purchased from Josh Bakery in Road Town created a media frenzy across the territory. Both incidents occurred last week. Photo: Facebook
Josh Bakery in Road Town, Tortola today, October 8, 2019. A lizard was reportedly found in bread bought from the popular bakery. Photo: VINO
Josh Bakery in Road Town, Tortola today, October 8, 2019. A lizard was reportedly found in bread bought from the popular bakery. Photo: VINO
The Brandywine Estate Restaurant is a popular establishment in the Virgin Islands. Photo: Trip Adviser
The Brandywine Estate Restaurant is a popular establishment in the Virgin Islands. Photo: Trip Adviser
Chief Environmental Health Officer, Mr Lionel E. Michael said both reports by the two residents were not fabricated but were factual based on their investigations.Photo: Provided
Chief Environmental Health Officer, Mr Lionel E. Michael said both reports by the two residents were not fabricated but were factual based on their investigations.Photo: Provided
The Department of Environmental Health has said the incident of a nail being found in a steak sauce was not have been deliberate. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Department of Environmental Health has said the incident of a nail being found in a steak sauce was not have been deliberate. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A nail found in a bowl of steak sauce at Brandywine Estate Restaurant in Brandywine Bay and a small lizard in a loaf of freshly baked bread purchased from Josh Bakery in Road Town created a media frenzy across the territory. Both incidents occurred last week.

The first incident was posted on Facebook by Tortola resident Stuart Donovan, tagging Deputy Director of Tourism Rhondi A. Skelton, detailing the incident which occurred at Brandywine Estate Restaurant.

Nail in steak sauce

“I am not all about posting everything on social media, so I thought long about this post. I recently had dinner at Brandywine Bay Restaurant and to my Horror ended up with an Old RUSTY NAIL in my food. After the apologies from management still can’t get over or understand how.”

Brandywine Estate Restaurant, in response said they took immediate actions following Mr Donavan’s complaint by firstly taking ownership and apologising and offering compensation and in a release, described the incident as a freak accident.

“We take all incidences of food contamination incredibly seriously. We have been in the restaurant business for over 25 years, 8 of which in the BVI. Regis Bourdon, the head-chef was trained to a very high standard in France and has worked all over Europe, the UK, America and the Caribbean. He also served over 12,000 free meals to children in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma (with no roof). This is the first time anything like this has ever happened and so we can only conclude that it was a freak accident.”

The restaurant then informed that contact was made with the Department of Environmental Health to explain the incident and invited them to inspect our premises. “They conducted a full inspection at lunchtime today and concluded that our premises are in excellent condition, above the standard they require. They cannot find any reason for the incident, concluding that it was a one-off, unexplained accident. Should you wish to speak to them directly about their inspection, we invite you to do so.”

Further, “We have also arranged for Rufred Forbes to inspect the premises to ensure that there are no loose objects that could potentially fall into the food that we prepare. In addition, our staff are on-site today (on a day we are usually closed), conducting a thorough inspection,” stated the restaurant’s management.

The Department of Environmental Health confirmed the restaurant’s statement, adding that they re-created the scene and found it to not have been deliberate. Appearing on JTV, Chief Environmental Health Officer Lionel E. Michael said, “The results of the testing indicate that this explanation could have been plausible. The Environmental Health Department has concluded that the presence of the nail in the food was an unintended accident.”

Lizard in bread

Shortly after, via WhatsApp, the incident of a bread contaminated with a little lizard baked in the bread started going viral.

The female who purchased the bread was seen showing the startling discovery to someone who videotaped the bread with the lizard inside then followed the woman to the bakery and videotaped her lodging her complaint to the owner, who appeared startled.

Many bashed the restaurant and the bakery but there were also those who thought it was not necessary for them to go public with the incidents but should have rather dealt with it in private with the two establishments.

In the case of Josh Bakery, which sits in the heart of Road Town, Michael said the case is still under investigation, “What we found there this morning did not indicate to us that things are such that would have led to that to the lizard in the bread.”

“Lizard has no place in a restaurant. It’s not like roaches and rats and flies and so on, its lizards and they get into places from time to time and what has to happen is that management has to ensure that they have systems in place that do not allow them to get into food that they prepare for people.”

He stressed, “And so vigilance, inspection and thoroughness are key in these establishments. They are unfortunate incidents.”

Management of Josh Bakery could not be reached for comment.

Mr Michael applauded the resident for lodging the complaint with the department and called on others to do the same whenever they come across similar incidents be it at bakeries, eating houses, shops or otherwise.

Mr Michael said both reports by the two residents were not fabricated but were factual, based on their investigations.

36 Responses to “Nail in steak sauce, lizard in bread create a stir!”

  • luv d BVI (08/10/2019, 09:57) Like (4) Dislike (25) Reply
    Ha ha ha, nail in steak sauce reminds me of the story our teacher read to us in primary school. The stranger tricked the lady into making soup for him because she was being greedy and, well, he was starved. Said he could make nail broth and aroused the lady's curiosity. She wanted to know how to do it, so he told her to get ready certain ingredients, like meat, seasoning, carrots, provisions etc and to put it in the pot...the nail broth tasted really good. Now which non paying customer went to Brandywine restaurant with this trick?? It was a nice one, minus the publicity. As for the lizard in bread...that's why I use wholewheat!
  • Tolian (08/10/2019, 09:57) Like (37) Dislike (11) Reply
    Come on.....how can you eat a whole plate of food until you done wipe off all the sauce without noticing a 5" nail ....that looks very fake to me. Not convinced at all this is legitimate...looks like a scam attempt...or deliberate sabotage for publicity. No way you cannot notice that until you are 90% finished your meal. No chance.
    • Stinks (08/10/2019, 10:03) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
      Waas thinking the same thing. Was reading the customers were alleging they were treated poorly and discriminated against before being served. and then a nail suddenly turns up in the soup???something smells in the state of Denmark
    • one BVI (08/10/2019, 10:37) Like (35) Dislike (7) Reply

      This is a really reputable restaurant which very high standards that did a huge amount for the community after Irma.....this stinks if the patron trying to pull a fast one for a free meal and then trying to play the race card and claiming they were treated badly...utter Bull$...really scum ball tactics. shameful. There is no way that can be real. Finish the whole plate then find that huge nail???. Dread.......

  • sorry (08/10/2019, 10:07) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    So sad to read of this. This restaurant has always been about excellent service. I remember once i dropped my work permit card and they went kindly took it to labour where I was able to get it back. Just recently when Dorian passed as a Cat 1 they invited people to come to the restaurant if they weren't too secured in their homes and even offered meals. I know this was an accident and i will continue to support this wonderful business
  • born here (08/10/2019, 10:09) Like (17) Dislike (7) Reply

    Something just don’t add up! I wonder if Kad*& is who push and push the man to post this up. Something not right.

  • Jordana (08/10/2019, 10:09) Like (7) Dislike (22) Reply
    This is just AWFUL!!omg and also a health risk! Can anyone imagine eating that brea d or accidentally swallowing that nail and them a rusty nail to begin with..being in the system I know for a fact that Environmental services is not doing enough to curtail incidences like this from occurring .. this department need to be more vigilant in their “on the spur of the moment” inspections of these places that sells food to the public including if these street vendors.. another thing is that the servers are not wearing gloves and at times to they serve food and handle monies at the same time.. I have spoken about this many times before (even to that department) but no one is listening.. I have even went as far as to stop servers from serving food and collecting monies at the same time explaining to
    them the unsanitary nature of doing both.. Mr. Michael I’m imploring you to please have your team do thorough spot checks of these restaurants and street vendors (without their knowledge of you all coming) and hold them Accountable.. this isn’t good enough.. I understand the apology but in the US we all know legal action would be taken against these businesses.. JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH!


    restaurants.. hold them accountable
  • Voters (08/10/2019, 10:28) Like (5) Dislike (28) Reply
    Thank god for VIP and consumer protection
  • BA (08/10/2019, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

    O my some n****r are so nasty any thing is possible I saw birds eating the ribs from a jurk center once and I show it to what you call S.. E just say it happed all the time I never eat there again

  • District #6 (08/10/2019, 10:33) Like (10) Dislike (17) Reply
    People dont be fool, how can you kneed a dough cut it up,kneed it again roll it to what you want it and you don't see anything in it? This picture is more fake than Donald Trump.

  • BA (08/10/2019, 11:22) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    No you don't be fooled people do things any how? I experience alot of things happen In restaurants .but thank god I can cook. Gosh!!!!!!!!!!
  • Hmm (08/10/2019, 11:22) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    the nail one is fake. no way you can eat a full plate of food and did not see that nail. even if you take a folk and just put it on the side you would of feel how hard it it, you would stick it to feel. the lizard now i believe it felt from the roof and straight in the tough or it kneed with the flour. Josh bakery just have a lot of insects.
    • east (08/10/2019, 13:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      no joke, seriously, I thought it was a piece asparagus … You always leave a lil sumtin" on the plate... I DO ..
  • wise up (08/10/2019, 12:08) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply

    It’s sad and unfortunate situation, firstly if the nail was in the food it wasn’t put deliberately(which I felt was put by the customer)secondly how on earth can u almost finish your food and not noticed a NAIL did the fork not touch it or weren’t u looking in the plate,Regis should run the camera and sue...

    • question (10/10/2019, 17:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So after the article explains that the investigation reveal it came from the kitchen you still gonna utter this nonsense. I guess illiteracy is high in these parts.
  • Sounds fishy! (08/10/2019, 12:49) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Regis is very hands on . Something does not add up. Someone is trying to sabotage this mans business .
  • Josh (08/10/2019, 12:57) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply

    Josh bakery always have their pet r**s running around so I’m not surprised at all, bread nice though.

  • Hmmm (08/10/2019, 13:13) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I feel sick
  • Not fake news (08/10/2019, 13:33) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    This is sad it will kill the bvi food industry, shame on both places and it’s true it happened
  • yard fowl (08/10/2019, 13:39) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply

    Mr ****** is a cun artist straight from carrot bay with them rhymer from cane garden bay

  • Sigh (08/10/2019, 13:43) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    ......the paper bag that the bread was in didnt look fresh.....that bag was atleast a day or 2 old.
  • ... (08/10/2019, 15:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    come on VINO I am about to have lunch
  • J$ (08/10/2019, 15:33) Like (0) Dislike (15) Reply
    people eat lizards , that nail is a big deal, i dont think it was accident , shut them down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Xxx (08/10/2019, 17:40) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    all the kitchens for most restaurants on tola full of rats and roaches
  • ! (08/10/2019, 19:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    That’s why Environmental Health needs to make pop up visits to these places to inspect. Don’t schedule, POP UP. The standards must be raised because you’re dealing with public health. But then again, that department is a waste anyway. You call to make reports and they don’t enforce.
  • #flashback (08/10/2019, 22:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Kenan & Kel: “I PUT THE SCREW.....IN THE TUNA. I........PUT THE SCREW, IN THE TUNA”
  • @therealdonald (08/10/2019, 22:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    How embarrassing for the territory the response to this has been.

    The noisy racist lady who harbours such bitterness in her heart and always purports to speak the will of the people should really quieten down on this.

    There was no racism until she introduced it with the comment on white people. There was not the same division until she stoked it.

    But it is an undercurrent which is being exploited to the detriment of the BVI. In anticipation of the comments, I probably will leave these shores soonish. But I will take my revenue, tax, and spending with me, sadly. Good luck BVI.
  • Lance (08/10/2019, 22:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    bought a bread there already and it had in a piece of scotchbrite i did not make a fuss i just say to myself that happen when they were washing the container
  • lily (09/10/2019, 17:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    As crazy as they sound these things happen... The nail is a bit questionable but I once found a stone in food purchased at Fort Hill years back.. I was enjoying my rice and peas and bit something hard.. Took it out and it was a small stone lol...at this point we gonna have to break up or throughly search our food before eating
  • Sue (09/10/2019, 18:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    How come the lizard is whole
  • Fran (10/10/2019, 07:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Accidents happen in EVERY kitchen. Some you don't even want to know about if you eat out all of the time. Where there is food, there is vermin and bugs..ALWAYS! Most owners keep it very clean, but we live in a place where insects rule, so expect this sometime. If it happens all of the time at a particular eating establishment, then by all means, get them inspected.
  • MY OPINION (10/10/2019, 17:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I believe the nail in the steak was intentional. The bakery debacle now is clearly an accident therefore whenever they open again I’ll be back in there


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