Burger Project worker sacked over ‘vile’ racial slur

A woman has accused celebrity chef Neil Perry of reacting too slowly to a shocking racist incident at one of his Melbourne eateries.

Rutendo Muchinguri took to Facebook on Friday to share a photo of her husband’s receipt from Burger Project, where he had been described using the ‘n’ word (see below).

“My hard working black husband went to your Collins Street store to have lunch with his friends and this is a photo of his receipt for the order,” she wrote in a Facebook post.


“It is so disappointing that in a place where my husband spent his hard earned money, he received this sort of disgracefully discriminatory treatment.

“Its exhausting that in 2017, in a modern and multicultural society some of your staff remain insensitive to the impact that this insidiously nasty and vile word has.

“This is NOT OK. I guarantee you that we will not be spending our money at any Rockpool Group businesses. I want to know what you will do about this…”

The original post received more than a thousand reactions as well as hundreds of comments and was shared hundreds of times.

The Burger Project responded within hours, apologising and confirming the ’employee’s position was terminated’.

“The employee’s behaviour was in breach of our code of conduct and such behaviour won’t be tolerated. We apologise profusely for the upset and hurt this has caused,” the post reads.

Ms Muchinguri replied, thanking Perry for calling. But she clarified that her husband was called the morning after, not that night as claimed by the company.