A respected chef who used to work at one of the world’s most famous hotels visited college students to talk about the dangers of alcohol and drug addiction.
The former Maitre Chef de Cuisine at London’s high profile Ritz Hotel has visited around 100 colleges up and down the country delivering awareness sessions on alcohol and drug abuse.
Michael delivered the seminar to hospitality and catering students at the College’s Dane Bank Avenue campus.
The educational seminar promoted how to achieve acceptable social drinking habits and also focused on dealing with the effects and anti social behavioural patterns produced by excessive drinking and drug use.
Michael gave advice on how to recognise the symptoms of excessive drink and drugs and how to receive help and information personally or for friends and family.
“During my recovery from alcoholism I decided that I wanted to put something back into the hospitality.
Students are the most vulnerable and uninformed age group and hopefully, the seminar gave them information about how to avoid peer pressure about drugs and alcohol and how to cope with the pressures surrounding the working environment.”
Michael set up the Ark Foundation originally to raise awareness but then set up Ark Global to promote awareness to a wider audience.
He started delivering seminars in Australia and has also addressed groups in New Zealand and the USA.
He has also been a guest on BBC breakfast to talk about alcoholism and appeared on Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares in 2006.
Shane Guildford, Chef Lecturer at South Cheshire College, paved the way for the visit and believes students benefited from the seminar.
“It was fantastic to have Michael back in college again. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to him for taking the time to visit us here.
I myself, have heard the story each year for a few years now and it never ceases to amaze, hit home and be a real eye-opener.
Hearing that level of truth and honesty will stay with the students forever, particularly as it’s from someone in their chosen field.”
Michael has offered to donate a trophy as a prize for the winner of an inter-college cookery completion which kicks off at South Cheshire College in the new year.
The competition will give hospitality and catering students the opportunity to test their cookery skills in a race against the clock.
For more information about hospitality and catering courses at South Cheshire College, please call 01270 654654
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