Steven Saunders Master Chef of Great Britain
Celebrity / TV Chef, Writer, Restauranteur and Organic Champion
To meet my professional and personal challenges, daily activities include:
Managing two restaurants, a leading hotel, journalism requests, regular television work through various food programmes, cookery author, running an organic cookery school and not least of all running a home and bringing up our children with my wife Sally
None of this could be possible without my mobility and health . I spend many hours standing in hot kitchens. Stamina and strength are key in enabling me to operate effectively.
Having recently met Michael at Sheene Mill, I immediately made the comparison of my mobility needs and the struggle and challenges he faces with normal day-to-day tasks. Michael is a total inspiration and sees past his own personal struggles in achieving what most of us would see as impossible
The journey of the pole2pole project from the original idea, raising funds and attracting team members, corporate support and endorsements from high profile individuals to carefully planning the logistics of the South Pole expedition over the last 12 months is testament to Michael’s belief and determination. He is clearly a persuasive and engaging communicator, creatively led yet driven by establishing sustainable relationships that deliver results
It is this enormous focus and drive that has captured the hearts and interest of many individuals and organisations who have been absorbed by Michael’s energy, passion and professionalism. The word ‘no’ and the phrase ‘can’t be done’ are clearly not in Michael’s dictionary
To be involved in this project is a great honour and from a personal perspective, a humbling experience. I know a little of Michael’s past and in particular being offered a place on the Savoy Trainee Management Scheme many years ago in attempting to live his dream to become the manager of the Savoy Hotel! Coincidentally, back in the 1970’s I was a Trainee Manager for a number of years at the Savoy. I know that Muscular Dystrophy robbed Michael of this dream. Today, he is a shining example of how we must all continue on in facing our daily challenges with confidence, resolve and purpose
I wholeheartedly support Michael and his endeavours over the coming months and look forward to following the progress of pole2pole and The Muscular Help Foundation
In order for the pole2pole expedition team including Michael to be in tip-top form in readiness for their departure to the South Pole in December 2003, I will be sharing a healthy organic menu plan over the coming months, which I know Michael and his family are already following – be healthy and enjoy!