End in sight for Fox Chef ordeal
ALMOST 2,000 people are logging in to Facebook for regular updates on a statuette which has gone missing from a pub.
The Fox Chef achieved cult status when he vanished from the popular Fox & Hounds pub in Houston a fortnight ago.
Even Rangers boss Ally McCoist joined in the big wind-up by making a heartfelt plea for his captors to “bring him home”.
Those behind his disappearance have consistently taunted pub owners Carl, Jonathan and Caroline Wengel by posting pics of the chef on the social networking site.
So far, the five-foot high character has been pictured outside the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, George Square in Glasgow, Nardini’s Café in Largs, and outside a McDonald’s restaurant sipping a coke.
But the identity of his kidnapper remains a mystery. No-one knows who snatched the wee fella during the dead of night, except for the villain of the piece and his closest mates.
Caroline, who insists she is NOT behind the move, has made several appeals in a bid to secure the safe return of her “favourite” chef.
She told the Paisley Daily Express: “It really is nothing to do with us.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s great publicity, but we’re not clever enough to have dreamed up something like this.
“The chef has been sitting in his own little alcove in the Stables Bar since Carl bought him over 20 years ago.
“There is now such a gap where he once stood.
“We would like him back as soon as possible.”
Caroline has already drawn up a reward poster but revealed how she has been cruelly teased by the kidnapper, who has demanded a ransom.
She said: “When we refused to give in to his demands, the kidnapper insisted the least he would settle for was a homecoming party.
“Now, we’re not in the business of rewarding bad behaviour, but we really do want our chef back so the chances are we will cave in to his demands for a party.”
There has been a sight-seeing trip for the Houston mannequin to Loch Lomond and offers from Facebook followers of further jollies to Ireland, Saltcoats and Arran.
But it would appear that the antics of the Fox Chef may be about to come to an end.
We managed to track him down to a secret destination in Renfrewshire and he appeared, to all intents and purposes, to be in good spirits.
His kidnappers assured us that he would be returned to the Fox & Hounds at some point this month, and claimed that pub owners had caved in to their demands, which he described as reasonable.
Fox Chef told us: “I’ve actually enjoyed a break from the tedium of standing in the one position for so long.
“It has been fun but I suppose all good things have to come to an end.”