Personal Stories

Chantelle Kallmeier

Take a large bowl of high-profile customers, elevated levels of expectation and scrutiny, then fold in immense amounts of stress-induced adrenaline. Add to the mix overbearing, micro-managing, egotistical and sometimes insecure line managers with a sprinkling of molly-coddled, naive and needy new-starters, place in a hot kitchen for eight hours (with more moving parts and …

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Dave Sayers

Ever since I was a teenager I’ve suffered with mental health issues. I remember being dragged to the Doctor’s by my Dad at the age of 15 and being put on Prozac for the first time. Throughout my life since I’ve been dogged by, well, “The Black Dog.” Before I was cooking professionally I used …

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Jools Moore

Mental health week was last month. For me it’s every week, every day, every hour, sometimes the minute I’m in. I live with a brain that’s outta control sometimes. I’ve trained it to be on par….mostly. Recently I’ve plucked up the courage and have booked myself in with the doctor to be assessed for what …

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James Douglas

“My name is JD, and I am …..” I thought I was invincible.  I was addicted to working hard, didn’t really take days off or time away and my personal lifewas a soap-opera inspired drama. Before my entire world began to collapse around me, I thought I had everything under control.  I thought I had …

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Doug Sanham

Over the course of my lifetime I’ve had moments in which I have felt isolated and alone. I have noticed that in part, I isolate myself and keep myself alone. When I became a chef, I began to understand the notion of ‘family’. You’re with people all day, who you can laugh with, go through …

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