Chef warns about dangers of drugs

Chef Michael Quinn.
Chef Michael Quinn.
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A top chef has warned students about some of the dangers surrounding drugs in the hospitality and catering industry.

Michael Quinn MBE, who gained his first Michelin Star in 1980 and was the first British chef for more than 75 years at the Ritz Hotel in London, visited TyneMet College to talk to the latest batch of students.

He told them how due to the stress of running such a high profile establishment he became dependent on alcohol and drugs and by the 1980s he was sleeping rough or in Salvation Army hostels.

In 2001, sober and reunited with his three sons, he set up the ARK Foundation to warn others about the dangers of alcohol and drug misuse.

Joanne Hewison, head of service and business enterprises at the college, said: “It is important that the students are made aware and protected against the devastating consequences of alcohol and drug misuse. Michael is an inspirational speaker.”