Celebrity chef Michael Caines MBE becomes an Ambassador for the Calvert Trust.
“Calvert Trust Exmoor is a fantastic facility, It provides amazing opportunities for people that are challenged in life through a variety of disabilities, and it also supports the families who care for them.” Michael explained following a motivational speech he gave to an invited audience of visitors, including some from Ilfracombe Foodservice who are suppliers to the Trust.
Born and raised in Exeter, Michael lost his right arm in a road accident in 1994, but has risen to the top of his profession, being named AA’s Chef of the Year in 2007 and holding two Michelin stars for 18 consecutive years. Michael describes the accident as a defining part of his life, alongside the day he was adopted in terms of importance. “My upbringing defined my outlook in the sense of who I am; but the love and support of friends and family that got me through that difficult day,” Michael said. “That day changed me, for sure. It made me a better person because I became more compassionate. If it hadn’t have been the compassion of others, then I’d have never got through that day.”
Calvert Trust Exmoor CEO, Heidi Watson, said the charity was delighted that Michael has agreed to become an Ambassador. “He’s a shining example of someone who has not only overcome disability but has proved to the world what a disabled person can achieve in their lives.”
Michael, who recently added The Coach House at Kentisbury Grange to his portfolio and the newly opened Lympstone Manor near Exeter, explained that the local community can play its part in helping the guests that stay at Calvert Trust Exmoor: “The community has a big role to play, making sure that the individuals that come here for whatever reason, whatever background or circumstances, whatever their individual story is, that they get the opportunity to live a thorough and fulfilling life – one that challenges them and gives them the qualities of life that we all want: ‘happiness.’