David Croft

A combination of life, karate, cooking and disability

  • Harry Billinge gets a copy of Food for Thought…

    93-year-old Normandy landings veteran Harry Billings was recently given a copy of Food for Thought to read and use to help with his campaign to get a lasting memorial for those who lost their lives in the Normandy landings. Harry had everyone in tears with his heroic stories of others and himself on the BBC and thankfully, he now has somewhere indoors to carry on with his collecting. This as opposed to standing up in the street in all winds and weather. ‘Lest we forget’ and hope that Harry gets his wish for a memorial in his lifetime!

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  • Radio 4’s ‘The Kitchen Cabinet’ comes to St Austell, Cornwall…

    The Radio 4 programme ‘The Kitchen Cabinet’ recently came to St Austell in Cornwall to get a feel of local produce. The program was hosted by Jay Rayner with a panel including Dr Anni Gray, Andi Oliver, Tim Hayward and Jordan Bourke. David Croft was among the audience amongst many other local people and food producers. Various questions were then taken from the audience and at the end of the programme people were able to taste some of the produce on offer. This was followed by the host and panel meeting various people from the audience. With Jay Rayner sometimes being a judge on BBC 2 Master Chef programme and Andi Oliver now being the Chair of BBC 2 The Great British Menu programme David Croft gave both a copy of Food for Thought. This in the hope that Master Chef or the Great British Menu may take on as its themes in 2020 The Mayflower 400 celebrations in Plymouth or include as part of either programme a cookery competition to make life easier for disabled diners when eating out.

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  • David Croft gets shortlisted in the Craft Guild of Chefs ‘People’s Choice Award’…

    Having worked at various hotels in Cornwall, London and Bermuda along with doing numerous voluntary and charity work in the past David Croft was kindly nominated into the Craft Guild of Chefs ‘People’s Choice Award’. The nomination was made by a friend of David’s who he had advised on building a holiday villa in Cyprus some years ago. This resulted in numerous disabled people, and their loved ones being able to enjoy relaxing breaks in a lovely quiet location on the island of Cyprus. The apartment also had a wheelchair accessible vehicle, which made for much easier and even more enjoyable breaks away with the added bonus of an accessible swimming pool. The Craft Guild of Chefs ‘People’s Choice Award’ is given to a person who receives the most ‘online votes’ by friends, family, colleagues or others.

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  • 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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