Chris Cosentino is a California-based chef and one that has been very open and honest about his battle with mental illness, especially in this video released last year, which we wanted to highlight, as part of the ongoing discussion around mental health in the kitchen.
To the outsider Cosentino seemed to have it all: his dream restaurant (Cockscomb in San Francisco), a successful TV career. But as he admits in the ChefsFeedvideo below, with his mental health rapidly deteriorating, and whilst trying to push on through in true cook's fashion, he was utterly miserable. The TV career wasn't all it cracked up to be either, as he revealed at the MAD food symposium back in 2014.
The people around him started to notice and thankfully he got the help he needed, and he continues to manage his condition to this day.
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