Category Archives: Mental Health

HEARD! A Chefs With Issues x #FAIRKITCHENS Event in New Orleans

Fine humans of New Orleans, I’ve been working on this with the folks at #FAIRKITCHENS and it would be an honor to have you join Chef Mike Gulotta and me from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on 7/24 at Maypop Restaurant. We’ll have some experts on hand with the skills to help you help yourself and your coworkers make a better mental health environment.

“The industry can be challenging. We can support chefs, bartenders, servers to fuel the flame and do what they love. Our passion for food shouldn’t come at a cost. Join Kat Kinsman, Mike Gulotta and an industry panel of experts to discuss Creating a Sustainable Environment and Managing Crisis. This event is limited to 40 attendees so please RSVP to fairkitchens@gmail.com if you and a guest are interested in attending.”

HEARD! event invitation

HEARD! A Chefs With Issues x #FAIRKITCHENS Event

Fine humans of the NYC area, I’ve been working on this with some folks and it would be an honor to have you join us on 5/15. We’ll have some experts on hand with the skills to help you help yourself and your coworkers make a better mental health environment.

“The industry can be challenging. We can support chefs, bartenders, servers to fuel the flame and do what they love. Our passion for food shouldn’t come at a cost. Join Kat Kinsman and an industry panel of experts to discuss Creating a Sustainable Environment and Managing Crisis. This event is limited to 40 attendees so please RSVP to fairkitchens@gmail.com if you and a guest are interested in attending.”

HEARD! event invitation

LA Weekly: I Walked Away to Save Myself

“At the supposed peak of my career, with a James Beard nomination and a string of other awards in hand, I broke. Except this time I couldn’t keep going. My restaurant was failing; in spite of the immense press we received, we remained mostly empty, often cooking for just a handful of people each night. I had been battling a lawsuit brought by a former customer, and I had eaten myself alive with self-doubt. I possessed no coping skills. I had abandoned my friends and family. I’d completely tuned out the advice of teachers and mentors. What played out over the next few months was a cliché: The restaurant closed, I filed for bankruptcy, and I took stock of my life and saw nothing.”—Ari Taymor

Read: I’m a Chef Who Walked Away From a Dream Restaurant. Here’s Why.

New York Times: A Bourbon-Loving Chef Goes Sober

[Sean Brock] he has a new mission. Forget cooking shrimp and grits, he said, using a much stronger verb. “Anybody can do that,” he said. “I have this opportunity in front of me. If I can inspire people to take better care of themselves in this industry, that will be my greatest contribution.”

It’s not just about alcohol, he said. It’s about teaching people in the restaurant business how to ask for help.

“Suffering is suffering,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you are addicted to porn on the internet or you’re codependent or you’re addicted to gambling or if you’re addicted to ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta.’ You’re suffering, and that’s what gets us into trouble.”—Kim Severson

Read: Chef Sean Brock Puts Down the Bourbon and Begins a New Quest