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COMMENT: If chefs can’t stand the heat it’s best not to tweet the fact
8:30am Tuesday 17th December 2013 in News
JIM KNIGHT is this morning enjoying fleeting fame in the twittersphere as the little chef who stood up to his unreasonable bosses.
However, it is likely that he will live to regret boiling over and hijacking The Plough pub’s Twitter account to broadcast his dispute over a request to work Christmas Day and Sundays.
While Mr Knight’s rant may have amused many on Twitter, the danger is that he is very likely to find future employment in the catering industry a little hard to come by.
The story goes that Mr Knight was taken on as head chef at The Plough in Great Haseley, but then baulked at the request to work on Christmas Day, partly, it would seem, because he has a baby daughter.
He is well within his rights to decide if a job and its demands are not for him, but after the parting of the ways with The Plough, Mr Knight used the pub’s Twitter account to have what he thought would be a final say, revealing what he thought was unreasonable behaviour.
For many, working Christmas Day would, indeed, seem unreasonable. But, unfortunately, it is part and parcel of the unsociable hours that go with the territory for many professions.
How else do you expect the turkey, roasties and Christmas pud to get on the plate for those sitting down at The Plough or other eateries across the county?
Let us also remember The Plough is a pub owned by the local community rather than the outpost of some nasty corporate monster that chews up its employees.
Simply, you can’t blame everyone else if you can’t stand the heat in the kitchen.
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