A British man resigned from his job by baking a 10×12 inch cake that spelled out the reason behind his decision to quit.
Chris Holmes told his bosses at Stansted Airport that he had recently become a father and wanted to devote his time to his family and his own business.
“… I now realize how precious life is and how important it is to spend my time doing something that makes me, and other people, happy,” Holmes wrote in pristine black piped lettering on the spiced carrot cake with sultanas, pecans, and coconut. “For that reason I hereby give notice of my resignation, in order that I may devote my time and energy to my family, and to my cake business which has grown steadily over the past few years.”
The 31-year-old, who celebrated his birthday the same day he resigned, once worked under celebrity chefs Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsey before becoming an immigration officer with the Border Force, which is the UK’s version of Border Patrol.
“Food is my passion,” Holmes, also known as “Mr. Cake,” told Fox News. “It’s always been my dream to set myself up making cakes.” The Sawston, Cambridgeshire resident has been building up his cake business for the past two or three years.
Holmes said his colleagues were “surprised and amazed,” but took the resignation very well.
The new dad said he thought up the resignation cake six months ago before his wife gave birth to their son, Benjamin.
“I had to keep it to myself, which was pretty difficult,” he said. He also added that he knew he was taking a risk launching a business in a still unsteady economy.
“But I have looked at the books time and again and every way I look at it, it is viable as a sole employment,” he said. Holmes added, “If it all goes to plan, Ben is to thank for giving me that kick to get on and do something that I have a passion for.” He plans on repaying his son with a first birthday cake he has already begun planning.
This is certainly one of the more tasty ways to resign from a job but certainly not the only creative way to tell a boss “I quit.” In 2011, a Rhode Island man quit his job at the Marriott Hotel in Providence by having his friends, who are in a marching band, accompany him while he told his boss he was leaving. Joey walked out of the hotel to trumpets and cymbals.
What do you think of Chris Holmes’ resignation cake?