Trigger Warning: This episode discusses sensitive subjects such as self harm and is not safe for work.
This week Chefs Chris & Juice are joined by Chef Gerard Kenny to interview Riley Redfern, ex-3-Michelin starred pastry chef turned software engineer. We chronical her journey from a teenager with a copy of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential to becoming one of the top pastry chefs in the country. We discuss her battle with depression and alcohol, how the hospitality industry contributed to the problem, and how the pandemic exposed the foibles of the hospitality industry.
Sustainability doesn’t always mean your buying solar panels, composting, or cooking on induction. Sustainability also means taking care of yourself and your mental health. Riley exemplifies this and is an incredible person, her story should serve as a cautionary tale and an inspiration to us all.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of self harm and substance abuse please reach out for help. There are people who truly care and want to help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
SAMHSA National Helpline (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
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