Channel 4 is to explore the hurdles faced by afflicted individuals when finding employment in a new four part series.
In his first project for the broadcaster, two-star Michelin chef Michel Roux Jr. will front The Diner (provisional title) which will follow a group of people with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions as they strive to pursue careers in the hospitality business.
“I am passionate about the restaurant industry and in my mind there should be no barrier to work. I’m thrilled to be part of a project that celebrates people’s abilities, challenges perceptions and hopefully transforms lives.” – Michel Roux Jr.
The factual entertainment production, which has gained the support of a number of back-to-work charities, will see Roux Jr. act as a mentor to the participants as they are trained, undertake work experience and attempt to secure work placements or full time employment within the aforementioned industry.
“Michel Roux Jr. will be a wonderful mentor to our contributors on their journey and I am excited to see how they progress in the scheme as they live and work together. Talent can come from what might seem to some as the most unlikely of places and this series is about people who are following their dream – that of getting a job”. – Commissioning Editor Factual Entertainment, Channel 4, Lucy Leveugle
The series is being produced by Twofour Wales under Creative Director David Clews and Executive Producer Juliet Rice.