Saturday 20 January 2018

Sacked chef of Twitter rant fame finds new employment

Jim Knight, who was sacked from The Plough in Great Haseley, Oxon, and responded by sarcastically tweeting on the pub's official Twitter account, has reportedly found a job elsewhere.

The chef shamed his former bosses, who had allegedly fired him for requesting Christmas Day off work, by logging into their official Twitter account to vent his anger at the decision.

And his social media efforts seem to have landed the 28-year-old cook, from High Wycombe, Bucks, a new position in a new public house.

The Shepherd's Crook pub and restaurant, based in Oxfordshire, has changed their profile to read "now employing chef Jim Knight, of international Twitter fame."

"Welcome to The Shepherd's Crook Jim - your misfortune is our very good fortune!!! Enjoy your Xmas Day with your new baby!!" @TheShepherdsCro posted.

Mr Knight told Independent.ie that he is on a permanent contract with his new employer - and they have given him the time off he requested over Christmas.

"It’s more convenient for me to commute to, to be honest, than my other job. They’ve known of me for a while through family connections and occasional relief work. The establishment is in direct competition to my previous employers."

"You only become a Dad once," he added.

On Sunday evening, Knight had previously changed the tagline of his former employers @ploughpub account to ‘Let this be a lesson to all bad catering employees’, and wrote: “We’d like to inform you that we’ve just fired our head Chef.

“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.

“Happy Christmas everyone!!!!!!”

After receiving a flood of responses the  logged into his own account, @chefjimknight: “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.”

Yesterday, the chef revealed his social media rant on Sunday evening had led to a new job offer.

He wrote: “I have very kindly been offered a serious job offer directly off the back of this twitter storm. More info to follow x”

The Plough confirmed Jim Knight had been dismissed from his post, following a disagreement over working hours.

Landlord Steve Potts said: “When Jim, as head chef, informed me that he would not be working on Christmas Day, and other Sundays in the near future, I was left with little choice but to end our arrangement.

"I had been quite clear with him when he started here that Sundays are our busiest days of the week, and that all our chefs have to work that day.”

Responding to the allegations on Twitter that the Plough sources its’ food from Asda, Potts added: “Our suppliers are transparent, our meat is fresh, never frozen, and comes from Booker’s in High Wycombe and from a local farmer called Peter Vogt.

"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.”

Telegraph.co.uk

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