Young Louis Makepeace was excited to learn he was granted admission to the Heart of Worcestershire College’s hospitality and catering course. After reviewing Makepeace’s application, however, the school rescinded the admission. Why? Makepeace was born with achondroplasia — the most common form of dwarfism — which school officials deemed a “safety risk.”
Chef Gordon Ramsay took an interest in Makepeace’s career once he heard about what had happened.
Disgusting attitude, I’d offer him an Apprenticeship any day. https://t.co/xYdfWJ7CLK
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) August 28, 2018
Achondroplasia, according to the US Library of Medicine, is a disease which “literally means ‘without cartilage formation.’ Cartilage is a tough but flexible tissue that makes up much of the skeleton during early development. However, in achondroplasia, the problem is not in forming cartilage but in converting it to bone (a process called ossification), particularly in the long bones of the arms and legs.” Men with achondroplasia see an average height of 131 centimeters (4′ 4″).
It was really upsetting as I had my heart set on this course. We are supposed to have equality of opportunity yet I’m not allowed to do something I love doing.
The story made its rounds on the internet and made many people angry:
— Filomena (@immac64) August 28, 2018
Isn't that some kind of discrimination? Isn't there something that can be done to help this youngster?
— Leonard Brown II (@LeonardBrownII1) August 28, 2018
What an absolute disgrace… Im a lower limb amputee and i studied catering at college with no problems.. Non of the kitchens have ever been botherd by my disability and now im the head chef in a hotel so that goes to prove that the only disability in question is a bad attitude!!
— Matt Nash (@matt_nash83) August 28, 2018
Heart of Worcester have no heart..
— Kim Aiken-Barre (@Kimmbly) August 28, 2018
This is heartbreaking. I can relate to him a bit as I myself have a disability (not the same one but it's still a disability). It says he's a fan of Gino – so let's make sure Gino sees this & helps this boy. @Ginofantastico
— Molly Bradford (@BradfordUnicorn) August 28, 2018
The Heart Of Worcestershire school has decided to review Makepeace’s application yet again, saying that the review is in place “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 school hopes to come to a decision by the end of the week.
Meanwhile, support for the boy and Ramsay’s response is plentiful:
Call him gordon x
— aiki (@COSMlC_GAYS) August 28, 2018
Give the guy his 1st step on the ladder chef!
— Ex Miner (@AlanHutchison6) August 28, 2018
Maybe you should. If anyone is going to lead the next generation in culinary academia, it might as well be you.
— Tiffany Salling (@Tiffany_S0321) August 28, 2018
Do it! He will make a great chef, and will be a fantastic apprentice simply because he has the passion to do it.
I really hope you give this young man a chance, and learning from you he could have a stellar career ahead of him.
— Russell Nicol (@russ_nicol) August 28, 2018
One person offered Ramsay an opportunity to get in touch with Makepeace:
Hi Gordon, I am a producer @bbchw. Does your offer of an apprenticeship stand? Could we put this idea to Louis when we speak to him?
— Phil Maiden (@Phil_Maiden) August 28, 2018
Makepeace said working with Ramsay would be a dream come true. He told Independent UK:
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 is just amazing to receive his backing. I can’t believe it.
The public is encouraging Ramsay to do it.
Finish the fairytale story & make it happen. Kids got that extra motivation and determination to do well to prove those wrong
— Adam Tucker (@tweetertucker) August 28, 2018
If you would offer him an apprenticeship then do it. Actions speak louder than words!
— JoshWarrior (@JoshWarriorSW) August 28, 2018
Please do… prove them all wrong . Should judge people on their skills not their appearance ♀️
— Mel (@Honeybun091) August 28, 2018
No word yet on whether Ramsay will follow through with his offer, but our hopes remain high!