20 April 2010
Top chef heading to employment tribunal
A top UK chef is taking his former employer to an employment tribunal next week.
Jean Christophe Ansanay-Alex, who is Michelin-starred, claims he was unfairly dismissed from his role as head cook and general manager at L'Ambassade de l'Ile, CatererSearch reports.
The French-born culinary expert lost his role at the eatery last summer after he was involved in a dispute with his business partner Jean Michel Aulas.
Mr Aulas - the founder and chairman of software firm CEGID, which has been in operation for 25 years and employs around 2,000 people across the world - decided to shut the restaurant down with a view to re-opening it as a simpler brasserie.
According to Mr Ansanay-Alex, he blew the whistle over unpaid suppliers and this caused disputes between the pair.
The case, which is being heard at a London Central Employment Tribunal, is scheduled to last for a total of five days.