French chef fired for serving halal meat

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.

Halal Increasingly Common on Dutch Shelves

Telegraaf reports that halal foods are gaining Dutch shelf-space in the Netherlands. The halal food includes pork-free snacks such as sausages and meatballs in which the meat is processed according to Islamic law. Manufacturer Mekkafood from Venlo drove up production 25% this year, to 7,800 tons of halal meat. Producers note demand for halal products among non-Muslims, including popular Turkish pizzas, but note that the increase in the total number of Muslims also plays a role.