Chef Gordon Ramsay has Tweeted that he’d offer an apprenticeship to an 18-year-old college student who says he was banned from culinary class at his university due to his size. Yes, applause to Mr. Ramsay for sticking up for him, but we just hope the offer is for a paid apprenticeship.
The student in question, 18-year-old Louis Makepeace, tells U.K.’s The Sun newspaper that he was initially offered a spot in Heart Of Worcestershire College’s hospitality and catering course. But Makepeace then says the university rescinded its offer, saying he’d be a safety hazard to other students in the class who might trip over him in the kitchen. Makepeace, who has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, stands 3 feet, 10 inches tall. His mother says because of this, the college told him he’d never get a job in a real-world restaurant kitchen anyway.
“I have always loved cooking Italian recipes since I was little, and keeping myself healthy and fit,” Makepeace tells the paper, explaining that his goal is to become a professional chef. “They said I would be a health and safety risk and disruption to the other students and get in their way, which was really humiliating.”
Here’s hoping the school comes around and readmits Makepeace—or that he gets more offers from other high-profile chefs and goes straight to the major leagues.