Chef Serves up a Warning
Ex-Celebrity Chef, Michael Quinn MBE, visited Doncaster
College for the second year running to give a talk to around a
hundred Hospitality and Catering students warning about the dangers
of alcoholism and drugs and how to avoid them.
Michael knows to his cost the damage that alcohol can do and his
talks deliver a hard-hitting no holds barred message, one aimed at
prevention rather than cure.
Michael was known as the ‘Mighty Quinn’ and with a Michelin star
already to his name, became the first British chef at the Ritz
Hotel to hold the top job. He became a star and appeared frequently
on top TV and radio shows in the 1980s and had countless
invitations to cook around the world.
He gradually drank more and more and his life went into a
downward spiral and eventually he became a homeless drunk, living
on the streets and ending up flirting with death with liver
After staring death in the face he gradually regained control of
his life. Now recovered he devotes his time to The Ark Foundation,
which he set up in 2001, and provides advice to young people about
how to avoid ruining their lives through addiction to drugs and
using his own example as a warning.
He travels around the world and has visited countries such as
Australia and Dubai. The foundation is completely self-funded, and
the talks are free of charge.
"I love coming into colleges," he said. "I've got great faith in
the young people, a lot of guys I meet in the colleges come from
very humble backgrounds, life has been hard for them. The good news
is youngsters can achieve anything they want if they find the right
place, and that's what colleges are for.
"I say to young people all their dreams are within their reach,
it’s about getting focused and making it happen. On the journey
people are placed in our path to help us, whether it's in our
career or in recovery from addiction, but it's about getting