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‘Depression wasn’t something I believed in before it hit me,’ admits chef Andrew Clarke. ‘I’d always put it down to people in the West being miserable and not being grateful for what we’ve got. There are a lot of things that get us down; a lot of pressures.’ Clarke – who opened fire and ice-themed restaurant St Leonards in Shoreditch last June alongside Jackson Boxer – is not the first chef to reveal a struggle with his mental health. Last year, celebrated gourmand Anthony Bourdain took his own life, and in a recent worldwide survey by Unilever Food Services, a staggering 63 per cent of chefs reported that they suffered from depression.

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We cannot do this alone! Together, we can create a community of like-minded professionals united by a common cause: to shine a light on these issues and act as a beacon of support to those affected by them.

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