Chef at the centre of media storm after venting his anger on Twitter

Bucks Free Press: Jim Knight and his dog at the scene of the fire in Marlow in August Jim Knight and his dog at the scene of the fire in Marlow in August

A CHEF who escaped a blaze in Marlow last summer has been at the centre of a media storm this week after he vented his anger on Twitter after being sacked.

Head chef Jim Knight was sacked from The Plough Pub in Great Haseley and deciding he would not go quietly- he took to the pub’s Twitter account to express his unhappiness.

His messages got thousands of retweets in minutes and he has appeared on Sky News and BBC.

Mr Knight escaped a fire at the Two Brewers Pub in Marlow in August, where he worked at the time. His dog woke him up and alerted him to the blaze.

Mr Knight, who said he had set up the Twitter account with the permission of his bosses at The Plough, began tweeting from @ploughpub on Sunday night.

He posted: "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 and a half month old baby daughter."

Landlord of The Plough, Steve Potts defended the decision to dismiss Mr Knight, who he said had informed his employer he could not work Christmas Day or any Sundays "in the near future".

Mr Potts, landlord 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 in October that Sundays are our busiest days of the week, and that all our chefs have to work that day."

Mr Knight, who is from High Wycombe, said on his personal Twitter account that he asked for the time off so he could spend it with his new baby daughter.

From his personal account - @chefjimknight - he posted: "It’s my daughter’s first Christmas. I wouldn't miss that for ANYTHING."

He has since landed a new job at The Shepherd’s Crook in Crowell, near Thame.

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2:24pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

Forcing someone to work on Christmas day is pure greed by the business owner. Now Mr Potts should get his pans then ready steady and cook !
Forcing someone to work on Christmas day is pure greed by the business owner. Now Mr Potts should get his pans then ready steady and cook ! Bartholomew HuckleBerry

5:33pm Wed 18 Dec 13

sparky49 says...

Bartholomew HuckleBerry wrote:
Forcing someone to work on Christmas day is pure greed by the business owner. Now Mr Potts should get his pans then ready steady and cook !
Hey I'm a bus driver and don't want to drive. My brothers a footballer and refuses to play on a saturday.
Grow up man, you chose to be a chef, and xmas days and sundays have to be worked.
[quote][p][bold]Bartholomew HuckleBerry[/bold] wrote: Forcing someone to work on Christmas day is pure greed by the business owner. Now Mr Potts should get his pans then ready steady and cook ![/p][/quote]Hey I'm a bus driver and don't want to drive. My brothers a footballer and refuses to play on a saturday. Grow up man, you chose to be a chef, and xmas days and sundays have to be worked. sparky49

6:02pm Wed 18 Dec 13

demoness the second says...

sparky49 wrote:
Bartholomew HuckleBerry wrote:
Forcing someone to work on Christmas day is pure greed by the business owner. Now Mr Potts should get his pans then ready steady and cook !
Hey I'm a bus driver and don't want to drive. My brothers a footballer and refuses to play on a saturday.
Grow up man, you chose to be a chef, and xmas days and sundays have to be worked.
I agree.
What about nurses, doctors, firemen, police?
What about people in retail who literally have xmas day off and that is it.
If you work in a service industry - whether it is public or private then I am afraid you have to provide a service.
This chap just spectacularly threw his toys out of the pram because he could not get his own way.
[quote][p][bold]sparky49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bartholomew HuckleBerry[/bold] wrote: Forcing someone to work on Christmas day is pure greed by the business owner. Now Mr Potts should get his pans then ready steady and cook ![/p][/quote]Hey I'm a bus driver and don't want to drive. My brothers a footballer and refuses to play on a saturday. Grow up man, you chose to be a chef, and xmas days and sundays have to be worked.[/p][/quote]I agree. What about nurses, doctors, firemen, police? What about people in retail who literally have xmas day off and that is it. If you work in a service industry - whether it is public or private then I am afraid you have to provide a service. This chap just spectacularly threw his toys out of the pram because he could not get his own way. demoness the second

7:07pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

With all due respect I will be at work on Christmas eve, Christmas day, Boxing day, New Year's eve and also the New Year's day ! I did not at any point mention Sundays. The people who need to grow up and open their eyes is YOU and think before leaping ! A chef's job is by no means a national service or service that is necessary to save people;s lives, so no need to get confused about who does what at their job !
With all due respect I will be at work on Christmas eve, Christmas day, Boxing day, New Year's eve and also the New Year's day ! I did not at any point mention Sundays. The people who need to grow up and open their eyes is YOU and think before leaping ! A chef's job is by no means a national service or service that is necessary to save people;s lives, so no need to get confused about who does what at their job ! Bartholomew HuckleBerry

6:14am Thu 19 Dec 13

demoness the second says...

Bartholomew HuckleBerry wrote:
With all due respect I will be at work on Christmas eve, Christmas day, Boxing day, New Year's eve and also the New Year's day ! I did not at any point mention Sundays. The people who need to grow up and open their eyes is YOU and think before leaping ! A chef's job is by no means a national service or service that is necessary to save people;s lives, so no need to get confused about who does what at their job !
Why are you attacking me?
I had a point of view.
I still have that same point of view and if you read my post I talked about service industry - whether it is in the private or public service. Nothing about what is vital and saving peoples lives.
Restaurants open on Sundays and Christmas days because there is a demand for it..
As do hotels. As do most shops.
Are you suggesting that these should all close as well?
[quote][p][bold]Bartholomew HuckleBerry[/bold] wrote: With all due respect I will be at work on Christmas eve, Christmas day, Boxing day, New Year's eve and also the New Year's day ! I did not at any point mention Sundays. The people who need to grow up and open their eyes is YOU and think before leaping ! A chef's job is by no means a national service or service that is necessary to save people;s lives, so no need to get confused about who does what at their job ![/p][/quote]Why are you attacking me? I had a point of view. I still have that same point of view and if you read my post I talked about service industry - whether it is in the private or public service. Nothing about what is vital and saving peoples lives. Restaurants open on Sundays and Christmas days because there is a demand for it.. As do hotels. As do most shops. Are you suggesting that these should all close as well? demoness the second

2:32pm Thu 19 Dec 13

thethe says...

pretty stupid to go public and rant about his employer - will make it harder for him to get another job
pretty stupid to go public and rant about his employer - will make it harder for him to get another job thethe

1:51pm Fri 20 Dec 13

legiopatrianostra says...

thethe wrote:
pretty stupid to go public and rant about his employer - will make it harder for him to get another job
He already has another job, in Thame. Good luck to him.
[quote][p][bold]thethe[/bold] wrote: pretty stupid to go public and rant about his employer - will make it harder for him to get another job[/p][/quote]He already has another job, in Thame. Good luck to him. legiopatrianostra

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