A chef in Paris is being questioned by health authorities after it was discovered he hired a street rat to be his kitchen hand. Thomas Bernard says he was inspired to hire a rodent after watching the animated Pixar film Ratatouille.
The Michelin star rated restaurant was shut down following countless diners falling violently ill after eating at the establishment. Health authorities discovered the rat "working" in the kitchen during an inspection.
According to one health inspector: "We were in the kitchen when we saw a large black rodent scurry past with a small chefs hat attached to its head. I questioned Mr. Bernard about why there was a rat in the kitchen, let alone one with a small hat attached to his head. His response was peculiar 'that's my apprentice.'."
Questions have been raised about why staff at the establishment didn't question why Mr. Bernard was trying to teach a street rat to cook. The film Ratatouille tells the story of a common rat who dreams of being a chef. Despite the popularity of the film, many adults and people generally not classified as insane, would point out the fact that a real life application of such a concept would not work.
A close friend of Mr. Bernard spoke with media and stated the chef had potentially had a nervous break down three months prior which may have resulted in his irrational mind set. He distinctly recalled one evening when Mr. Bernard sent him a text message stating:
"Just watched Ratatouille... I think I have an idea... this is going to be great."
However, his friend also stated that despite being a very good chef, Mr. Bernard was also a complete idiot when it came to common sense.