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Gordon Ramsay Speaks Out After Student With Dwarfism Is Barred From Cooking Class Over 'Safety' Concerns

By Mike Walsh

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 After reviewing Makepeace's application, however, the school rescinded the admission.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").

Makepeace said: 

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: