David Croft

A combination of life, karate, cooking and disability

  • Paul Mariner gets a signed copy of Food for Thought…

    Former Plymouth Argyle Manager Tony Waiters, Plymouth Argyle strikers Billy Rafferty and Paul Mariner recently returned to Plymouth for a reunion along with other players of the 1974/75 promotion winning squad aptly named the ‘Dream team’. The weekend coincided with Plymouth Argyle winning their home game 5 – 1 with the players from the ‘Dream season’ being paraded on the pitch to a lot of celebration from the fans. On the Sunday a celebration lunch was held with the various players reencountering their time playing for the team and David Croft was fortunate to attend the lunch, which also consisted in Tony Waiters explaining various aspects of the ‘Dream season’. After lunch a raffle and auction was held with the players also signing copies of the book named ‘The Waiter’s era’. In turn David gave various players a copy of Food for Thought, which also includes the ‘Dream season’ and then Tony Waiters, Billy Rafferty and Paul Mariner kindly signed a copies of Food for Thought. This book will be used in an auction for a fund raising event later in the year.

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  • David Croft returns to the Churchill Hotel in London!

    On a recent visit to London to undertake various access work former pastry chef at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill David Croft was invited to look around the hotel again. This was a very poignant moment for David having had such an enjoyable time at the hotel in the late 1970’s before going to Bermuda to work. The Churchill was also very supportive to David after his spinal injury in Bermuda in 1980. Likewise, the Churchill hotel was very supportive to the former HCBA now industry charity Hospitality Action combining efforts to enable David to become more independent via an adapted vehicle. This was the result of various fund raising events by the Churchill and HCBA. The Churchill was also supportive to others with spinal injuries holding a major fund raising event a few years after David’s accident. Following a tour of the kitchens and the hotel a brief chat was had over coffee with Executive Chef Mark Sainsbury who can be seen in the photo below with David. As a ‘Thank you’ for arranging the visit copies of Food for Thought were given to Mark Sainsbury, General Manager Arnaud de Saint-Exupéry and the Human Resources Department.

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  • Galvin at Windows receives a visit from David Croft…

    While in London David had lunch at the Michelin starred Galvin at Windows, which is the restaurant run by chef Chris Galvin who also features in the cookbook section of Food for Thought. The restaurant is superbly positioned on the 28th floor of the Hilton hotel in Park Lane along with superb views overlooking Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. While Chris Galvin was unfortunately not working in the kitchen at the time David was fortunate to meet Fred Sirieix, General Manager of Galvin at Windows. This meeting was most interesting, as Fred is also involved as Maitre d’ in Channel 4’s First Dates programme and of late the Million Pound Menu on BBC Two. The Million Pound Menu is a concept where various restaurateurs wish to expand their business with possible investment from industry investors like Lydia Forte of the five-star Rocco Forte Hotels group, Darrel Connell, partner with investment group IMBIBA Partnership, Jeremy Roberts, CEO of Living Ventures and Tim Gee, property director with property development and investment company Allied London along with Chris Miller, founder of restaurant investment company the White Rabbit Fund. Fred Sirieix is seen below receiving a copy of Food for Thought from David Croft.

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  • Tom Kerridge’s ‘Pub in the Park’ helps support Hospitality Action!

    Multi award winning Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge has been holding various ‘Pub in the Park’ events in aid of the industry charity Hospitality Action. David Croft was fortunate to attend the event in Bath and help spread the good work of HA further to various people. In turn he met Tom in person as per the photo below along with other chefs including Michael Caines, Paul Ainsworth and Master Chef winner Ping Coombes. Likewise, David was fortunate to see the likes of Razorlight, Toploader, Stereo MC and Gabrielle Aplin during a superb day of food and music. ‘Pub in the Park’ should prove a good day for others so look out for similar events in the future as they may sell out fast!

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  • David Croft teams up with Eric Landlard also known as the ‘Cake Boy’…

    Having been a pastry chef at the Bedruthan Steps hotel in Cornwall, the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill hotel along with working as a pastry chef in Bermuda David was pleased to team up with top pastry chef Eric Landlard for a cookery demonstration. Eric more commonly know, as the ‘Cake Boy’ worked at numerous establishments around the world including heading up the pastry department at London’s world renowned Le Gavroche restuarant. Eric is also a P&O cruise ‘Food Hero’ and in addition runs a café and cookery school in London the latter of which runs various courses for people wishing to undertake pastry courses. During David’s course with Eric a copy of ‘Food for Thought’ was given as a ‘Thank you’ for the support given.

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