Staff Food at The Dairy in aid of Pilot Light | Sunday 1st DecemberDecember marks the beginning of what is affectionally referred to as the silly season in hospitality. So, on Sunday the 1st December, please join us as we stop, regroup and break bread together while opening up a wider conversation about mental health in our industry. Headed up our own Oli Knell, the kitchen will be taken over by a selection of CDPs from the London restaurant scene, each offering a course of comforting family-style dishes. The aim of the evening will be to raise funds and awareness for Pilot Light, a campaign focused on changing the way people think and act about mental health through addressing the industry specific contexts and environments found in professional kitchens and the broader hospitality sector.
‘I have been blessed to be a part of amazing kitchen teams in London as they understand that chefs are human beings and they do have this thing that seems to be unknown in other kitchens... a personal life. Don’t get me wrong, we do work hard and produce quality food for our customers to be elated over, but we also understand the meaning of working to live and not vice versa. With these naturally occurring long and unsociable hours, it is impossible for every person in the hospitality industry to not go through some sort of mental/emotional instability. I heard that over 80% of people in our industry will at some point suffer from a mental illness. I was part of this statistic and realised that there really isn’t much support out there. More so, no one seems to talk about it. To me, it feels like we pretend that it’s nothing and we give ourselves a plethora of excuses to not discuss this in our micro-society. So, I wanted to reach out to Andrew Clarke and Doug Sanham who founded Pilot Light and find out what we can do to raise money, awareness and really start talking about mental health. This shouldn’t be a taboo of a topic. This should be something that we are aware of and support each other through, because it could actually save someone’s life.’
The evening will commence at 6.30pm with a welcome drink from Punchy (choice of alcoholic or non) in our bar with introductions from Oli, Robin and The Pilot Light team to get the conversation going. Then on to a 4-course menu all served family style.
Tickets (£35) are available by contacting us on email@example.com or 020 7622 4165. All ticket proceeds go to Pilot Light. Tickets include a welcome drink and a four-course family style meal.