On the Dock with Sarah & Jonathan Ory

Episode 136 – On the Dock with Sarah & Jonathan Ory of The Heirloom Foundation


Time to Get The Party Started

Bad Wolf Coffee


 I was a complete asshole. Selfish, larcenous, druggy, loud, stupid, insensitive and someone you would not want to have known,” he says about his early 20’s. “I would have robbed your medicine cabinet had I been invited to your house.” ~ Anthony Bourdain

When I got home I went to bed and started smoking and drinking a bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label. When my wife came home she found the door partly ajar and could smell cigarette smoke coming from inside, she immediately went and got our next door neighbor because she thought that there was an intruder inside. They soon learnt that it was me. I couldn’t be bothered to do anything: read, watch TV, or as a Christian, to read my Bible or pray, I was so deflated, I didn’t wash for days, I couldn’t be bothered eating. I just wanted to sleep, eventually after a few weeks I told my wife that I wanted to end our marriage and go and get a flat. That’s how depressed I was. If it had not been for my loving wife and daughters I would not have gotten through this terrible ordeal.” ~ Jock Stewart

Pressure Cooking – Mental Health & The Professional Chef

Chef Hermes Blog – Depression by Johnnie Mountain

Calling Myself Out

Escape the Fate – Issues

3 Ideas to Embrace for Less Chef Stress, Part 3

Amaranthe – Drop Dead Cynical

Eyes Set to Kill – Infected

25:45 – Our interview with Jonathan & Sarah Ory

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….the heirloom foundation

The Heirloom Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is combating the prevalence of issues like suicide, substance abuse, and the emotional impact of long hours in a perfection obsessed industry. They bring culinary professionals together to increase awareness about the repercussions of the high-stakes, high-pressure lives of chefs through public outreach, networking, and benefit events. The Heirloom Foundation advocates for healthier work environments though our network of chefs, restaurateurs and other industry stakeholders who commit to providing a healthy, supportive restaurant culture. We reinvest in our communities through direct service grants to nonprofit organizations that address mental health, stress management, work-life balance, substance abuse prevention, life skills, and other relevant issues. Learn More at www.theheirloomfoundation.org


chefs with issues

Kat Kinsman’s site that deals with real issues in the real world of depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders and more running rampant in the food community. They’re so rarely discussed, let alone treated.  To quote: “We owe a debt of pleasure to the chefs, servers, bartenders, purveyors, farmers and journalists who make up the food community, and so many of them are isolated in their pain and illness. I cannot sit by idly as people I care about suffer, so I started Chefs with Issues.” On the site, she invites people involved in the industry (not just chefs) to share their stories and resources for dealing with the particular pressures of restaurant life, so that other people may feel less alone. This is not for profit. This is just because she gives a damn. You can get involved and share your story @ www.chefswithissues.com


Links Discussed in the Show

Hospitality Mental Health Questionnaire




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