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Michelin star chef delivers hard hitting message

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Wakefield College’s hospitality and catering students were given a hard-hitting message on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse from former Michelin star chef Michael Quinn MBE this week.

Michael, who at his peak was the head chef at the five star Ritz Hotel in London, recounted his personal battle with the booze and how he eventually triumphed over it.

As head chef of one of the most famous kitchens in the world, Michael saw and did it all, from preparing meals for the Queen and other heads of state to appearing on TV shows and being featured in newspapers and magazines. However, as his dependency on alcohol increased, Michael’s universe came crashing down, leaving him jobless, homeless and at one point being read the last rites.

Since overcoming his alcohol-related problems, Michael has been on a mission - to help and educate others. It was for this reason that in 2000 he set up the Ark Foundation - a charity to take an awareness seminar on alcohol and drugs to Britain's catering colleges. The Foundation has rolled out its message across the world to thousands of students and includes the likes of Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal as vocal supporters of the cause.

Wakefield College’s Hospitality, Catering, Horticulture and Animal care Programme Manager, Laurent Berges, said: “Michael Quinn is one of the most respected names in the world of haute cuisine. His personal story is one of courage and determination which everyone should hear - it is truly inspirational. The feedback I received from students was great and the message really hit home.”

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 16 October, 2012

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