CASTLE Hill chef Zahir Khan saw a dream career vanish.
The man taken on by the Thandis to work as head chef at their new Castle Hill Hotel ended up as a security guard, living overnight on the wild hilltop in a caravan without electricity.
And he was forced to take the brothers to an industrial tribunal after he was dismissed as their plans floundered.
The new partially-built hotel had to be torn down as it breached planning permission.
Mr Khan, 46, had been head chef for the Thandis at the previous Castle Hill hotel.
And he was promised a "dream" job when the new hotel was completed.
But as the old hotel was demolished, he was given a job as a guard at the site during the night.
"I liked my job before the hotel closed," said the father-of-two.
"But when I was just doing security I hated it.
"I had to sit up there all night and for long periods there was not even any electricity. I was worried because I was on my own but I needed to keep working for my family.
"I thought at some point it would be sorted and we would be able to open as a hotel again.
"When I started I was very excited about working at the hotel.
"And even when the building started I was asked to help with the layout of the kitchen.
"But it has all gone wrong. I have been working as a chef for many years and that is what I want to do.
"I wanted to work for the Thandis at the Castle Hill hotel. I am still sad that will never happen."
The Thandi brothers refused to comment.