Chef Jose Andres: Fired cafeteria worker is “hero”.
Celebrity chef José Andrés offered a job to a school cafeteria worker from New Hampshire who was fired recently for giving a free lunch to a student who didn’t have money to pay.
Andrés tweeted Friday that cafeteria worker Bonnie Kimball was a “hero.” He also added that the creative team behind his dining concepts, called ThinkFoodGroup, currently has openings if Kimball is in need of a new job.
“If you know her, let her know!” he told his followers.
Earlier this week, Kimball made headlines after she said that she had been fired from her job as a cafeteria worker at the Mascoma Valley Regional High School for allowing a kid to eat without paying their lunch tab.
According to a copy of the termination letter Kimball gave to press, a district manager from her employer, Cafe Services, was in the lunchroom at the time of the incident and “witnessed a student coming through the line with multiple food items [she] did not charge him for.”
“This [is a] violation of our Cash Handling Procedures, the Schools Charge Policy and Federal Regulation governing free meals,” the letter read.
But Kimball later said on Friday that the company has since offered her job back to her. But she said that she won’t take it.
“They’re not doing it for me, they are doing it to save face,” she said.