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  • 17 December 2013, 14:11

Sacked Twitter Rage Chef Lands New Job

A head chef who vented his anger on Twitter about being fired a week before Christmas has started a new job.

Jim Knight posted his grievances on an account he created for Oxfordshire pub The Plough, where he had been the head chef, saying he had been sacked because he wanted Christmas Day off with his family.

The 28-year-old has now been given a job in the kitchen at The Shepherd's Crook, also in Oxfordshire, which has agreed to give him Christmas Day off.

Just after 1am, he tweeted on his own account: "Night all. Busy day tomorrow. Thanks again to everyone's support and kind wishes.

"That's enough of all that then. I have a new job to start! Night ... Again x."

His new employer's Twitter account boasted of its new recruit on its profile, saying "now employing chef Jim Knight, of International Twitter fame".

"Welcome to The Shepherd's Crook Jim - your misfortune is our very good fortune!!! Enjoy your Xmas Day with your new baby."

It added: "Gosh that pie was great, thanks Jim! Our diners will love it!"

Mr Knight's tweets on Sunday about his dismissal from The Plough because of his refusal to work on Christmas Day - which have now been removed - made him an online sensation and the pub's account went viral.

But bosses at the pub in Great Haseley said they had been clear about the need to work Sundays when Mr Knight started work in October and were left with little choice to part company with the chef when he could not work those days.

They also rejected Mr Knight's claim that the pub bought cheap meat and passed it off as premium as "outrageous and untrue".

The Plough says on its website that its mission is: "To serve great food, beer and wine in an enjoyable friendly atmosphere." It is now recruiting a head chef.

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