Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant has been ‘sued for £200,000’ by a pastry chef, according to reports.
Sharon Anderson, a former employee at The Fat Duck, has reportedly claimed that she’s been left suffering from repetitive strain injury due to carrying out unvaried tasks.
The pastry chef, who has worked at the establishment since 2014, claims she had to put approximately 400 sweets a day into small bags using tweezers.
She also says she had to make chocolate playing cards but would be working against the clock, as they could set too hard, and add hundreds of minuscule fingertip pinches to mushroom logs.
Apparently, Anderson’s lawyer has claimed these ‘fast, arduous and repetitive’ tasks made her feel like she was working at a factory, rather than a Michelin star restaurant.
Barrister Joel Kendall reportedly told the High Court: “She was essentially on what was effectively a production line.”
The pastry chef supposedly believes that the damage that has been done has potentially put an end to her culinary dreams.
Despite the claims, The Fat Duck has reportedly denied any responsibility for Anderson’s repetitive strain injury.
It’s been argued that the pastry chef carried out a routine role that would be expected within the world of ‘fine dining’.
Apparently, it was also said that Anderson was provided with a sufficient amount of breaks.
It’s believed that the pastry chef’s aches and pains began in 2015, which her physio supposedly said could be triggered by her ‘long hours and repetitive work’.
Reportedly, a case management conference will take place in May 2022 ahead of her trial for a compensation claim.
The Fat Duck reportedly opened back in 1994 and has become famous for its eccentric dishes such as ‘nitro scrambled egg and bacon ice cream’.
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