The television chef and restaurateur Michel Roux Jr has been criticised by union officials after it emerged that he pays his staff in offal rather than money.
All staff – including his head chef at Le Gavroche, the former Muse frontman Matt Bellamy – are paid in a mixture of lamb’s liver and minced stomach, which is stuffed into envelopes and wheelbarrowed into their front gardens on a monthly basis by specially-trained couriers.
Even unpaid and work experience staff – including Roux Jr’s own grandson, three-year-old trainee sous chef Michel Roux Jr Jr Jr – have their expenses reimbursed in chopped colon rather than more traditional forms of currency such as Bitcoin or crystal meth.
Speaking to the Telegraph from a den made of haggis and testes, Roux Jr was unrepentant, claiming “As long as there is a hole in my arse, I will not trust cash – look what happened to the Drachma. Imagine if I started paying my staff in pounds and pence rather than bovine entrails, and suddenly there was another financial crash. The potential consequences would be offal. Er, awful.”