Published 2018-08-30
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Gordon Ramsay gives job to student with dwarfism

Gordon Ramsay (51), decided to offer a job to an 18-year-old man with dwarfism. The boy was allegedly banned from a cooking course because of his size. Louis Makepeace was born with achondroplasia, it’s a very rare form of dwarfism. He was initially promised a spot at the Heart of Worcestershire College hospitality and catering course but the college authorities decided to turn down his application because the boy was considered a "safety risk" to other pupils.

"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," the boy said.

"It was really upsetting as I had my heart set on this course."

He has already completed a course at the college for performing arts.

"We are supposed to have equality of opportunity yet I’m not allowed to do something I love doing."

The boy's mother Pauline claims that professors told her that her son could have a trouble while working in a kitchen.

Gordon Ramsay helps the boy with dwarfism

Gordon got involved after reading the story. "Disgusting attitude, I’d offer him an Apprenticeship any day," he tweeted.

A representative for the Heart of Worcestershire College said that the boy's application is now being reviewed.

The review process is completed "with all of its students."

It is "to ensure all the appropriate adjustments to the kitchens that Louis needs to allow him to safely and successfully commence his course, and to ensure his needs are met throughout his time at College are in place in time for the start of his studies."

The decision should be made within a couple of days.

"We would like to state that at no point has Louis been told he could not attend his course but both Louis and Mrs."

"Makepeace has been informed that the adjustments Louis requires will need to be agreed before an unconditional offer can be given," said the representative.

Louis Makepeace feels humiliated

The boy admitted the situation has been "humiliating" for him.

"I have always loved cooking Italian recipes since I was little, and keeping myself healthy and fit and I'm a huge fan of Gino D'Acampo."

"All the time I was at school I was always very confident, I had lots of friends and my disability was never an issue."

"But how am I supposed to get by if this is how I’m treated - I feel like I have been excluded from the real world."

Louis Makepeace waiting for the decision

His mum Pauline said: "He's been really upset by this." She is waiting for the decision.

"They won't give me straight answer but when I asked the course leader whether he should find another course he told me it would 'probably be a good idea."

A spokeswoman for Heart of Worcestershire College stated: "As the student's place at the college is still under discussion, we do not wish to make a comment."

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