Takagi Ramen employee with autism training to be ramen chef, can peel 300 eggs in 1 hour

The ramen chain has a tradition of hiring workers who are typically shunned, and giving them a chance.

Matthias Ang | May 26, 2021, 09:12 PM

A Takagi Ramen employee with autism is currently training to be a ramen chef.

According to a Facebook post put up by the Japanese restaurant chain, the employee, known as Gabriel, has been with the company for about six months and has fitted in well.

Takagi Ramen also highlighted Gabriel's "special power": Being able to peel 300 eggs in an hour, which is about twice the rate of most of his colleagues.

He is currently under the tutelage of a ramen chef known as Ah Wong.

Part of Takagi Ramen's diverse hiring

That Takagi Ramen would hire a person with autism is not much of a surprise, given that the company has a tradition of hiring people whom other companies might typically shun, like older workers and ex-convicts.

From dishwasher to senior manager

Earlier on May 5, the restaurant chain put up another post in which it highlighted one of its employees, who joined the company when he was around 62.

Known as Uncle Lo Gap Seng, he had first started out as a dishwasher at Takagi Ramen's first coffee shop stall in Ang Mo Kio, before becoming a ramen chef himself, and eventually a senior manager of finance and logistics at the age of 67.

Hiring a former convict who spent 10 years in and out of prison

And in Feb. 2016, Takagi Ramen posted about one of its cooks, Velu, an ex-convict.

In its post, Takagi Ramen said that Velu had spent over a decade in and out of prison, and almost faced the death penalty at one point.

Coming out of prison, Velu had problems finding employment as a result of his criminal history. However, he was hired by Takagi Ramen even though he had no experience in the F&B industry.

The post added:

"He is gaining responsibilities as his skills improve and although the work is more physically tiring and with longer hours than some of his previous part time jobs, he is happy to have found a workplace that doesn’t look at his past and treats him with respect and dignity."


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Top image via Takagi Ramen/Facebook.