David Croft

A combination of life, karate, cooking and disability

Author of Food For Thought

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Food for Thought

A combination of life, karate, cooking and disability

Some of Britains best chefs, including Gary Rhodes and Gordon Ramsay, have contributed to Food for Thought by David Croft, both a cookbook and life story

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When 21-year-old David went for a dive while working on the island of Bermuda, he had no idea that it would change his life. An accident paralysed the chef and 2nd Dan karate black belt from the shoulders down – on the same day that he was informed he would compete in the 1980 world karate championships and inaugural world games.   David, who had previously worked at the Savoy and Churchill hotels in London, is telling his life story in Food for Thought. The book documents the highs and lows of his life, often in a humorous manner, and has a recipe section at the back to which some of the best chefs in Britain have contributed. Gary Rhodes, Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and Gino D'Acampo, amongst others, have added their delicious recipes that are accompanied by mouthwatering pictures.   Food for Thought will show, in the face of much adversity, how David rebuilt his life in a way he never thought possible after his accident. In a ‘Dinner Party’ section of the book, he also highlights the achievements of 10 other sporting tetraplegics, some of whom lead extremely remarkable lives despite being paralysed, with each choosing their ideal guests for a dinner party. The book will also educate the hospitality industry about catering for disabled diners leading up to the 2012 Olympics and in the future. Ticky Donovan OBE 9th Dan wrote a foreward for the book, with the celebrity chef Brian Turner CBE providing an afterword. Food for Thought will appeal to a large range of people: those in the hospitality industry, people taking part in sport, fans of cooking, life story readers and people with disabilities along with their families and loved ones. The book, which has been supported by a number of companies, and in turn is supporting the charities Hospitality Action (registered charity number 1101083) and Regain – The Trust for Sports Tetraplegics (registered charity number 1030693). Hospitality Action provides support to those in crisis who have worked within hospitality in the UK, while Regain improves the independence of men and women who have become tetraplegic as a result of a sports injuries.

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