Shame and Fish: The Embarrassing and Tragic Story of François Vatel

The suicide of François Vatel, by Edouard Zier. Public Domain

In this episode, Ben and Noel dive into the story of François Vatel, a majordomo who was tasked with organizing an extravagant royal banquet in 1671. With 2,000 attendees expected, among them many high-ranking French dignitaries, the pressure was high. Tune in to find out the ridiculous and tragic story of what happened next.