Young Louis Makepeace was excited to learn he was granted admission to the Heart of Worcestershire College’s hospitality and catering course. After reviewing Makepeace's application, however, the school rescinded the admission. Why? Makepeace was born with achondroplasia — the most common form of dwarfism — which school officials deemed a "safety risk."
Chef Gordon Ramsay took an interest in Makepeace's career once he heard about what had happened.
Achondroplasia, according to the US Library of Medicine, is a disease which "literally means 'without cartilage formation.' Cartilage is a tough but flexible tissue that makes up much of the skeleton during early development. However, in achondroplasia, the problem is not in forming cartilage but in converting it to bone (a process called ossification), particularly in the long bones of the arms and legs." Men with achondroplasia see an average height of 131 centimeters (4' 4").
It was really upsetting as I had my heart set on this course. We are supposed to have equality of opportunity yet I’m not allowed to do something I love doing.
The story made its rounds on the internet and made many people angry:
The Heart Of Worcestershire school has decided to review Makepeace's application yet again, saying that the review is in place “to ensure all the appropriate adjustments to the kitchens that Louis needs to allow him to safely and successfully commence his course, and to ensure his needs are met throughout his time at College are in place in time for the start of his studies.”
The school hopes to come to a decision by the end of the week.
Meanwhile, support for the boy and Ramsay's response is plentiful:
One person offered Ramsay an opportunity to get in touch with Makepeace:
Makepeace said working with Ramsay would be a dream come true. He told Independent UK:
It would be absolutely incredible if he is serious about it. I can’t believe he has seen it and is supporting me as I am a huge fan of his. I watch all his videos on YouTube as well as his TV shows - I really love his leek and tarragon pasta recipe and I cook his stuff all the time. It is just amazing to receive his backing. I can’t believe it.
The public is encouraging Ramsay to do it.
No word yet on whether Ramsay will follow through with his offer, but our hopes remain high!
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