A chef at Calcot in the Cotswolds has been sacked following an allegation of bullying that culminated in another chef being severely scalded in the kitchen of the hotel.
Nathan Davies, who had worked at the luxury hotel for two years, yesterday shared a picture on Instagram of his badly-burned buttocks, which he alleged was caused by a colleague pouring boiling hot butter down his trousers.
The incident occurred on June 6, after which an immediate investigation by the senior team at Calcot took place before the member of staff involved was immediately disciplined and then dismissed.
Davies, who returned to work following hospital treatment for the attack, also alleged previous incidents of bullying at the hotel on his social media post.
As a result, a full investigation is still taking place at Calcot.
Speaking to FEJ’s sister publication Boutique Hotelier, The Calcot Collection’s chairman, Richard Ball said the senior team were all “completely horrified by the incident”.
He says: “We dealt with it correctly; investigated it, suspended the employee and then dismissed him straight away.
“We believe we have put a lot of work into creating the right environments in our kitchen,” he says, “and we have a zero tolerance for bullying within the business.
“We are carrying out an extremely thorough investigation to ensure there is no wider case of bullying, and if we find anything, it will be dealt with immediately.”
Ball added that he wished to correct online rumours that the hotel’s executive head chef Richard Davies was involved in the incident, who was away at the time the incident happened.
An official statement released by Calcot on Sunday following Nathan Davies’ post, read: “Our executive chef Richard Davies shares responsibility for this incident in his kitchen, although he was not on the premises at the time. He is as committed to a zero-tolerance policy on bullying as we are.”
Calcot’s policy on bullying says that a key principle is ‘internal respect for each other’ with all staff having access to an independently run confidential whistle blowing help-line to uncover any issues, as well as support from senior staff members.