Underpaid Chefs Getting Repaid In Time For Christmas by Michel Roux Jr.
by Darinee Durai
@ 23 Dec 2016
The former MasterChef host Michel Roux Jr has begun reimbursing staff who were paid less than the legal minimum wage at his £212-a-head Mayfair restaurant.
Current and former chefs at Le Gavroche are in line for payments running to thousands of pounds each after a Guardian investigation last month exposed Roux for paying kitchen staff, who worked up to 68 hours a week, as little as £5.50 an hour. The wages worked out at well below the £7.20 legal minimum for people aged over 24.
Roux has now written personally to former chefs apologising for their underpayment and promising to make up shortfalls in their pay. He has also sent four-figure cheques to others, which are arriving just in time to fund an upgrade from Christmas Day cava to champagne for some of his hard-pressed former workers.