PILOT LIGHT: Sparking conversation around mental health in the hospitality industry

We love to relax with a crisp glass of white wine or a craft beer after a hectic week at work. However, whether it’s exercising, taking a bath or enjoying your hobby, ‘switching off’ without booze is something we recognise as increasingly important in today’s environment.  The start-up world is fierce and fast-paced and the …

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Jamie Tandoh

After Hours at The Bicycle Bakery: Our day begins at 5am. We open the doors early and wave goodbye to the last customers nearly 10 hours later. The shop may be ‘closed’ but there are still important jobs to be done. The team here work amazingly hard…but people can also let you down, leave you …

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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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PX Festival

So the Px+ Festival is coming up this weekend to celebrate  the people in the hospitality industry who are dedicating their lives to the experiences of others. This year both Doug and Andrew will be collaborating with friends throughout the weekend. Doug will be working with Friend and fellow chef Scott Goss, doing a menu …

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Jamie Lumsden

On my 18th birthday, I travelled to London from my home town, Colchester. I worked for free in a French bistro in Soho until I was given a paid position. I wanted to learn to cook and to gain experience of classic French dishes, and over time I am pleased to say that I achieved …

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Darryl Quested

I always find it difficult to explain my anxiety and depression to people, it all began with me at a young age, being diagnosed with GAD and depression at the age of 13 (the year my mother was first diagnosed with cancer) The doctors threw all kinds of pills at me and sent me to …

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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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