Sacked chef creates Twitter frenzy
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A pub in Oxfordshire got more than it bargained for this morning, when their head chef used the company Twitter account as a personal soapbox. Jim Knight, former head chef at The Plough in Oxfordshire, sent a series of seven tweets from the company account (@ploughpub) last night. After a quaint “Happy Christmas everyone,” the chef announced his own dismissal to the world. “We’d like to inform you that we’ve just fired our head chef.” The mocking revelations continued... “Unfortunately he wanted to have a weekend off this month and Christmas Day this year for family commitments so we thought we’d sack him” “Yeah a week before Christmas!” “We don’t care that he has a 7 ½ month old baby daughter.” “So anyway come on down and continue to pay a premium for Australian sirloins, New Zealand lamb and everything else that is bought from asda.” The account’s “biography” was also altered, sending a warning out to shady restaurateurs: “Let this be a lesson to all bad catering employers...” it reads. Landlord Steve Potts said he had “little choice” but to dismiss Mr Knight. When he informed bosses he had no intention to work on Christmas Day, he was breaking an understanding made when he was first employed. Sundays are the restaurant’s busiest days, and all chefs are required to be on duty. As for the meat, Potts was quick to add: “Certain staples come from our nearest supermarket, which is Asda, but the implied suggestion that we are buying cheap meat and passing it off at a premium is, frankly, outrageous and untrue.” Knight’s personal Twitter account (@chefjimknight) suggests he has been offered another job as a result of the high-profile Twitter frenzy. “I would like to make it CRYSTAL CLEAR I have not ‘hacked’ any account. I created the account with permission of my ex-employers. Night x” “I have very kindly been offered a serious job offer directly off the back of this twitter storm. More info to follow x” I bet they don’t give him the details for their company Twitter account...
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