‘I’m speaking to Gordon Ramsay this week’: Teenage dwarf, 18, will meet TV chef who offered him job after he was banned from college cookery course for being too short
- Louis Makepeace has revealed that the celebrity chef’s agent had been in touch
- Chef joined chorus of public outrage after a college banned Louis from a course
- The 18-year-old, who is 3ft 10ins, banned from Worcestershire cookery lessons
- Louis appeared on This Morning and was given a cookery lesson by John Torode
The teenage dwarf who was banned from a college cooking course for being a health and safety risk is to meet Gordon Ramsay about a job.
Louis Makepeace revealed that the celebrity chef’s agent had been in touch to organise a meeting after public outrage over the 18-year-old’s treatment.
Ramsay took to Twitter and blasted Heart of Worcestershire College after Louis revealed he was being turned down for a catering course as he was too small.
The 18-year-old, who is 3ft 10ins, said the college branded him a ‘health and safety risk’ to the other pupils and would cause a ‘disruption’ if he got under their feet.
Speaking on This Morning with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Louis revealed his surprise at being contacted with the British chef
Louis was given a cookery lesson by John Torode (pictured), who taught him how to make a fish dish live on air
The celebrity chef took to Twitter to air his frustration at Louis having been banned from the course due to his height
Ramsay, 51, who has been awarded 16 Michelin Stars for his restaurants, told his 6.8 million followers that he found the college’s attitude ‘disgusting’ and added ‘I’d offer him an apprenticeship any day’.
Speaking on This Morning with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Louis revealed his surprise at being contacted with the British chef.
‘Gordon Ramsay tweeted about it and I’ve had his agent text me about a talk later on this week,’ he said.
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‘My mum and my older brother are top chefs and I started in young age and I’m really passionate and want to succeed.
‘I studied acting for two years before catering and I’m now hoping to be a television presenter slash cook.’
Shortly after, Louis was given a cookery lesson by John Torode, who taught him how to make a fish dish live on air.
Louis, of Worcester, said it would be a ‘dream come true’ to work with the celebrity chef and he was ‘amazed’ to have received his backing.
Louis said his treatment from the college had been humiliating, but that he was amazed by the response from Ramsay
Ramsay tweeted his support after Louis revealed he had be banned from a cookery course at the Heart of Worcestershire College
He added ‘It would be absolutely incredible if he is serious about it. I can’t believe he has seen it and is supporting me as I am a huge fan of his.
‘I watch all his videos on Youtube as well as his TV shows – I really love his leek and tarragon pasta recipe and I cook his stuff all the time.
‘It would be an honour to work with him. I really hope he means it as it would be a dream come true.
‘It is just amazing to receive his backing. I can’t believe it.’
On Monday Louis told how he had been turned down by college bosses for their Hospitality and Catering course for being too small for the kitchen.
He said: ‘We are supposed to have equality of opportunity yet I’m not allowed to do something I love doing.
‘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.
‘It really has dented my confidence. How am I ever supposed to get the culinary skills that’s going to get me a job in a catering environment?
Louis and his mother Pauline at their home in Worcester. Pauline, 56, said she was also told by the course leader there was no point him doing the course as he would never be allowed to work in a restaurant kitchen anyway
The teen had an offer to study Hospitality and Catering at Heart of Worcestershire College
Louis, who has achondroplasia, a form of short-limbed dwarfism, said the situation was really upsetting as he had ‘his heart set on the course’.
Louis’ mum, Pauline, 56, said she was told by course leaders there was no point in her son doing the programme as he would ‘never be allowed to work in a restaurant anyway’.
She added: ‘This just goes to prove they are wrong if Gordon Ramsay is coming out in support.
‘Louis is a huge fan of his and we would be very interested in speaking to his people if he is serious about it. It has made his day just getting his backing.’
Tweeting from his @gordonramsay account, Ramsay wrote: ‘Disgusting attitude, I’d offer him an Apprenticeship any day.’
Fans flocked to show their support and urged the ‘Hells Kitchen’ star to take him on.
Tiffany Salling replied: ‘Maybe you should. If anyone is going to lead the next generation in culinary academia, it might as well be you.’
Another web user said: ‘Gordon Ramsay you are absolutely the best’
Jamie Dow added: ‘Nice one Gordon. You’ve offered the lad a great opportunity’
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