Michelin-Starred Chef Fired Amid Shocking Scandal at Luxury French Hotel

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.30 - 2023 8:11 AM CET

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A Michelin-starred chef, Aurélien Largeau, has been dismissed from the iconic Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, southeast France, following allegations of extreme misconduct in the kitchen. The scandal, revealed by local media Sud-Ouest, has also led to a preliminary investigation by prosecutors into allegations of violence and sexual assault.

According to witness accounts, a distressing incident on December 2 involved a young, new kitchen staff member who was bound naked to a chair for hours in front of around 30 colleagues, including Largeau.

The individual had an apple in his mouth and a carrot inserted in his rectum, reportedly as part of a humiliating initiation ritual. Videos of the incident were shared on social media but have since been removed and are now part of a police investigation.

Largeau, who was appointed at the hotel in 2020 and earned a Michelin star in 2022, has vehemently denied the allegations, calling them a 'monstrous attack' on his honor. “I would never associate myself with such behavior,” he stated.

The Hyatt group, which owns Hôtel du Palais, confirmed Largeau's termination, stating that the incident contradicts the values they uphold. A spokesperson emphasized their commitment to the safety, health, and well-being of their colleagues, guests, and partners.

Hôtel du Palais, part of the Hyatt group since 2018, is renowned for its luxurious offerings and historical significance, having hosted the G7 summit in 2019.

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