News agencies – September 14, 2011
A French chef employed by the Avenance Elior catering company and working in the Hewlett-Packard (HP) cafeteria in Ulis (Ile-de-France), was laid off for making a halal steak by request of a Muslim employee. About 500 employees mobilized to defend the chef and signed a petition which will be presented to Avenance Elior’s management.
Chef Guillaume Chigot, who was grilling meat in the cafeteria, agreed to prepare frozen halal steaks which would be brought by one of the employees. Chigot says he told the employee it wasn’t legal, but that he’ll do it if it will stay between them. He made sure the steaks would stay separate from other food products.