Injured staff | Worker files lawsuit against celebrity chef's restaurant

Worker files lawsuit against celebrity chef's restaurant

Kitchens are infamously high stress and often very unconventional workplaces, however, they are still held to the same standards of legal work conduct as everywhere else.

Often, a somewhat unspoken code of etiquette within professional kitchens means that those in the career of food preparation don’t consult HR on the issues they face whilst in that environment. A recent case comes from the kitchen of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant in which a 28-year-old pastry chef has launched a £200,000 lawsuit against the company which evidences that such incidents can occur.

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Comments (1)

  • Boris
    Boris
    Fri, 25 Oct 2019 1:14pm BST
    This is a tricky one. Heston is someone who likes to create items that do require skill, speed and attention to detail, so I am not surprised to hear that the work is hard. When taking a job in this industry you have to expect repetitive actions. Does a baker complain because of how many bread products they have to make? They have to work to a time limit and fixed number of items produced during this time. Why did the worker not say anything to the head chef if she felt that she was being asked to do something that was either unreasonable or that it was causing her pain? It should have been her first port of call. If he'd then told her she had to continue I could see that a case could be made for neglect, but if she didn't say anything to anyone how were they to know? An employer cannot be blamed for a problem they didn't know about.