The Laundrette in Chorlton has come under fire for its ad on Gumtree for a new chef de partie. A restaurant on the hunt for a new chef listed “plenty of attractive floor staff to flirt with” as one of the perks of the job in an advert.
The Laundrette in Chorlton has since had to edit the original job description on Gumtree following a backlash on social media from people who argued it encouraged sexual harassment in the workplace. More after the cut….
The ad read: “The Laundrette Chorlton requires a young at heart experienced hard working chef de partie to join a team of great chefs.“We provide a great working atmosphere in a very busy restaurant. Meals are provided along with plenty of attractive floor staff to flirt with”.
It goes on to add how the right candidate must have experience in a fresh food kitchen, as well as a good sense of humour. A screenshot and link to the advert for the Beech Road eatery was posted on Facebook with some people branding it “disgusting” and “degrading” to the staff.
It also took criticism for grammar and punctuation.
Johanna Pilgrim commented: “I’m offended by the thought they are attracting a ‘chef’ not because he might want to cook great food but because of the so called ‘perks’ also as a punter (a while back) I stood at the bar for ages waiting for the staff to stop flirting with each other and actually serve me ! get a grip Laundrette (and learn to spell !?! ).”
Spencer Davies said: “What does their ad say? ‘Skills not important. Intellect a disadvantage. Ability to be ogled by bearded chef, essential’.”
Yet others defended the advert, saying it was a bit of a laugh that showed the sense of humour they were looking for in a chef.
@Julietteredux good chefs are very very hard to find .. Thought I would try something different. Sorry it offended anyone
— LaundretteChorlton (@the_laundrette) January 16, 2016
Russell Forward commented: “Poor taste maybe, though I suspect it’s designed to filter out those interested who don’t have the type of sense of humour they are looking for.”
Several other Facebook users said people were overreacting about the whole thing.
The Laundrette has now removed the sentence about the attractive staff from its job advert. According to its website, the restaurant opened in August 2013 on the former site of the Soap Opera laundrette. It is rated number eight out of 40 restaurants in the area on website Trip Advisor for its cocktails and food menu which includes pizzas, burgers and other favourites.