Customer praised for rescuing chef stuck in cupboard in Milton Keynes restaurant

Jon Boyle, picture by Jan Cacko (Photobomb)
Jon Boyle, picture by Jan Cacko (Photobomb)

A head chef who got stuck in a toilet cupboard on the launch night of his new restaurant was rescued by a passerby who heard his cries for help.

Jon Boyle, 33, was out on a date to Banana Tree at The Hub in the city last Wednesday when he clumsily spilt sweet and sour dip all over his white shirt.

After running to the toilet, Jon heard loud banging 
noises as he attempted to wash out the bright orange stain.

He said: “I thought it was a bit weird, but I didn’t think any more of it until I was trying to dry my shirt under the hand dryer and heard someone screaming for help.

“I thought I was hearing things, but once it went quiet I heard them shouting again so I walked over to the cupboard and put my ear against the door.

“I was convinced it was a stitch-up, that there was a camera hidden somewhere in the toilet and someone was winding me up.”

But unfortunately for the chef, who had been trapped in there for over 15 minutes, this was no hoax.

And the only way to get him out was by keying in a code to unlock the door.

Jon said: “He was shouting the code through the door as I keyed it in, but after doing it three times the door still wouldn’t open.

“I went to go tell the bar staff and they just looked at me like I was crazy.

“I convinced them that I wasn’t joking, so we walked through and managed to get him out. They were all laughing their heads off.”

The chef had gone into the broom-sized cupboard to fix the electrics before the door slammed behind him in the newly converted Indo-Chinese restaurant.

Luckily for him, it was Jon to the rescue – despite his date being left to sit alone in the restaurant while all this was going on.

And, in order to say a proper thank you to Jon for his good deed, Banana Tree have honoured him with a humanitarian award and lots of goodies, which staff say will be delivered in the next few days.

The modest hero, who is pictured working as a DJ at Missoula in The Hub, added: “I did what anyone else would have done if they were as hungry as me!”