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London chef who once served the Queen allegedly put ecstasy in chocolate desserts


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A London chef is currently on trial for poisoning two children with ecstasy-laced desserts prepared for a party at his pub, "The Red Lion." 

The chef allegedly laced chocolate truffles with the drug to "liven up" a party at the trendy gastropub in north London last October, according to the Daily Mail.

Iron, 32, formerly worked as a chef at The Royal Marsden hospital in Chelsea, where he served the Queen and Prince Edward afternoon tea, the Telegraph reported. He was also a semi-finalist in the National Chef of the Year awards. 

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One of the party guests, Charlie Webster, testified in Snaresbrook Crown Court that he had an “out-of-body experience” after eating the “special” truffles, the Sun reported

Two children who ate leftover chocolate mousse at the pub the following day also fell ill, according to the Telegraph. Hospital tests done on both of them found traces of cocaine and ecstasy, the Daily Mail reported. 

Giving evidence, Iron claimed the chocolate truffles could have been tampered with by guests at the party, which started late on the Saturday evening, the Telegraph reported. 

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"It must have been a person from the party because that's where the food was," said the chef. "I wasn't in the room, I was in the kitchen." 

Iron has plead not guilty to three counts of administering poison or a noxious substance with intent, the Telegraph reported. The jury is expected to announce their verdicts today, according to the Daily Mail.