Chris Bailey, 26, of Hull, has taken drastic measures to provide for his expectant girlfriend
A chef says he has been forced to skip meals to keep his pregnant partner nourished after being left without any money following the shock closure of a pub.
Chris Bailey, 26, is surviving on tea and coffee as he was left without any regular income after the Railway pub in Hull shut.
The expectant dad completed his last shift on Christmas Day and since then, he has been desperately searching for a new job.
And with his partner due to give birth to their first child in August 2019, Mr Bailey has gone without food.
This is to ensure his girlfriend stays fit, healthy and fed during her pregnancy.
He told Hull Live: “My girlfriend is only having one meal a day when she should be having two or three. We’ve got a baby on the way and the last few days I’ve not been eating so my girlfriend can.
“I haven’t eaten at all and if I did it’s an extra meal that my partner can have so I’ve been drinking coffee and tea instead of having food.”
Mr Bailey says the lack of food has caused his energy levels to dip. It has affected his sleeping patterns and causing him to become stressed.
He is in the process of applying for other jobs but the couple have had to undertake cost cutting measures to keep afloat at the start of 2019.
“We can’t get a loan because we’ll end up in even more debt and things will just get out of control and there is just no need for it,” Mr Bailey said.
“It has had a massive effect on both of us. Most people go out on New Year’s Eve but we did nothing. We just stayed in, did nothing and cooked what food we had left.”
After receiving his last pay cheque more than two weeks ago, Mr Bailey is now desperate to be given another role in a kitchen so he can provide for his small family which will welcome its new arrival in seven months’ time.
However, he is “livid” about the closure of the pub which led to him relinquishing his role as head chef.
Mr Bailey said: “I’ve worked all my life and I’ve never signed on. It’s something I would never want to do so now I’m looking for a new job.
“I’m absolutely livid. I was working for another company but I didn’t like working there.
“It did a lot of microwave cooking but here they brought everything in and it finally gave me a chance to run my own kitchen and there were a lot of prospects for me working there.
“If anyone wants a fully qualified chef working in their kitchen, please get in touch with me. We would really, really appreciate it.”