Customers fill in at packed Thai restaurant after realising the chef is the only person on shift

Fed-up customers waiting for their food at a packed Thai restaurant realise the chef is the only person on shift – and what happens next will warm your heart

  • Family emergency meant all staff bar one chef couldn’t work at Thai Food Huntly
  • Customers saw the stressed chef alone in the kitchen and offered to help him out
  • Patrons became waitresses, dish washers and till attendants for the restaurant
  • Thai Food Huntly thanked the generous locals who helped the chef in his shift 

Customers have come to the aid of a solo chef in a crowded Thai restaurant after his staff couldn’t work following a sudden family emergency.

Patrons were left confused by the lack of staff members on shift in the Thai Food Huntly restaurant near Hamilton on New Zealand’s North Island on Friday.

Diners were seen queuing up to pay for food, while meals sat awaiting collection at the front counter with others waiting to order inside.

It wasn’t a until a customer waiting to pay looked into the kitchen to find only one chef was on the job.

A family emergency meant all staff bar one chef couldn't work at Thai Food Huntly on New Zealand's North Island on Friday, leading customers to offer their help for the night (pictured)

A family emergency meant all staff bar one chef couldn’t work at Thai Food Huntly on New Zealand’s North Island on Friday, leading customers to offer their help for the night (pictured)

The business had been hit with a major blow, as all staff apart from the chef were unable to come in to work due to a family emergency, leaving the business with one man to run the entire restaurant.

Management took to social media early in the evening to ask patrons to bear with them because of the lack of staff available for the shift.  

After spotting the lonely chef stressed in the kitchen, the customer immediately grabbed a note pad and starting taking orders, sparking other customers to follow.

Before long the restaurant had customers running out food orders, washing dishes, clearing tables and taking payments at the till to create a functioning restaurant out of generosity.

The chef had been left alone for the evening as all other staff were unable to work due to a sudden family emergency

The chef had been left alone for the evening as all other staff were unable to work due to a sudden family emergency

Diner Emily Puhi told NZ Herald the reaction of the customers showed the true colours of the Huntly community. 

‘I was thinking how will the chef be able to do everything by himself? Luckily someone from the neighbouring store asked if the chef needed help. Before we knew it a couple of others jumped in,’ she said.

‘A customer even jumped in to do the dishes. With the permission of the chef, a worker from next door ran the tills to make sure everyone got paid. It was such a beautiful feeling. I was really happy we live in such a great community.’

A spokesperson for Thai Food Huntly gave thanks to the generous locals who helped the chef through his shift. 

‘We have such great customers and are proud of our community,’ they said.

Thai Food Huntly management thanked the generous locals who helped the chef in his shift

Thai Food Huntly management thanked the generous locals who helped the chef in his shift

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