Chef Who Restrained Mac & Cheese Kid: Join the Military
Bill McKay says he forgives Luke Gatti
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2015 12:47 PM CDT
This undated file photo provided by the University of Connecticut police department shows student Luke Gatti, 19, of Bayville, NY.   (University of Connecticut Police Department via AP, File)

(Newser) – Bill McKay, the Union Street Market chef who restrained a wildly intoxicated Luke Gatti after Gatti got physical with McKay's supervisor while demanding bacon jalapeno mac and cheese, has something to say: "I forgive Luke Gatti," McKay writes in a letter to the University of Connecticut's Daily Campus newspaper. "Everyone has done something stupid in their life. There are no exceptions to the rule. Some mistakes are obviously bigger than others. Some, like this one, seem bigger because of the social media that exists today. ... How would you like to have your dumbest mistake you’ve ever made broadcast to the world? How would you like to be turned into a pariah?"

He still wants Gatti held accountable, however, and thinks the teen should be expelled from UConn—"but not for the reasons you might think." It's because McKay doesn't think he's ready for college. His advice: "Get some help with your alcohol problem and/or other problems, whether it be AA or whatever you need to get yourself fixed. ... When all is said and done with the courts, my advice is the same advice others have given you online, and that is to join the military. For hundreds of years our military has turned boys into men and not just because it had taught them to fight. It teaches responsibility and discipline." Click for the mac and cheese video or Gatti's apology video.