George Calombaris Takes a Stand: Bans Diner and Condemns Racism at His Greek Restaurant

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Celebrity chef George Calombaris took a firm stance against racism when he banned a diner from his Greek restaurant, Hellenic House Project, in Melbourne. The customer had left a scathing one-star review, expressing disappointment over the lack of Greek staff and complaining about an 'Indian manager.'

In the online review, the diner recounted a disappointing dining experience, claiming their food was delayed by 45 minutes due to an order mix-up. They expressed frustration at the lack of compensation and highlighted that the staff, including the manager of Indian descent, did not match their expectations of an 'authentic Greek' experience.

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In response, Calombaris posted a fiery Instagram message defending his team and restaurant. He acknowledged the mistake with the order but emphasized the importance of treating everyone with respect, regardless of their ethnicity or background. He expressed his pride in his diverse team and firmly condemned racism.

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Calombaris' post received support from fellow celebrity chefs, including Manu Feildel and Gary Mehigan, who commended his stance against racism and discrimination.

Earlier, Calombaris had posted a video acknowledging the teething problems his newly opened restaurant faced. While he is known for his positive outlook, he clarified that racist attitudes are unacceptable and have no place in his establishment.

Calombaris' response highlights the significance of promoting inclusivity and equality in the hospitality industry, and he remains committed to creating a welcoming environment for all patrons, irrespective of their cultural backgrounds.

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📍 515 Highett Road, Highett, VIC 3192.

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