It has been revealed that Michelin-starred chef Alyn Williams was dismissed from his position as chef patron of Alyn Williams at The Westbury in early October, following eight years of service.
According to a statement released to the press by the chef, The Westbury hotel terminated his contract on the grounds of “gross misconduct”, following an incident in which Williams used the restaurant to privately entertain a group of friends.
The chef also claims that his position was terminated “without any notice period or payment for his notice period.” The statement reveals that Williams had used the restaurant to entertain friends on a Sunday lunchtime, when the restaurant was closed. Williams claims that due to the presence of children playing in the restaurant, the hotel believed these actions constituted gross misconduct, leading to his dismissal.
The chef says he appealed the decision, pointing out that all food and drink at the meal was provided by him personally and that no damage or loss was suffered by the hotel. Williams also says that he has used the restaurant in a similar way on several occasions in the past which the hotel management knew about.
Now, the chef is threatening legal action and believes he has a strong case for unfair dismissal. In his personal statement, Williams said: “I am understandably very upset and disappointed with the dismissal under these circumstances particularly since I have been employed by the Hotel for the past eight years, have had an exemplary employment record and was responsible, through the restaurant, for bringing prestige to the Hotel, achieving a Michelin star which we maintained for eight successive years and four AA rosettes for five successive years”.
In a statement released to SquareMeal, Andrew Henning, general manager of The Westbury Mayfair said: “We are very grateful to Alyn for the hard work he has put in whilst at The Westbury. His talent in the kitchen is evident and he’s been a real asset to the team. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and look forward to seeing what he does next.”
Despite Williams no longer being involved with the hotel, Alyn Williams at The Westbury is currently still operating under his name.
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