Chef Sean Brock went to rehab this year, and now he’s talking about it. On July 3, The New York Times published an article detailing Brock’s journey from last man standing at the bar to sobriety and self care. After opening McCrady’s Tavern and reopening McCrady’s, he found himself in an “angry, isolated” state. In January, a group of friends presented him with a chance to go to rehab. He’s now calling this his rebirth.
When asked why he decided to come out about his experience on the front page of the Food section of the NYT, Brock says:
“I’m well aware of the dangers of opening up this early in sobriety. I’ve been warned many, many times, but the simple fact is that people around me are dying. People that have worked for me and people that were my friends — they’re not here any more. If I have the ability to help even one person become happier and healthier, then I’m willing to take that sacrifice.”
Here are the big takeaway quotes from Brock in the NYT article for those who missed it.
On his life prior to the intervention:
“I was concerned about killing myself not by my choice, but by being unhealthy and miserable.”
On encouraging others:
“I have this opportunity in front of me. If I can inspire people to take better care of themselves in this industry, that will be my greatest contribution.”
Why it’s not just about the bourbon:
“Suffering is suffering. It doesn’t matter if you are addicted to porn on the internet or you’re codependent or you’re addicted to gambling or if you’re addicted to ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta.’ You’re suffering, and that’s what gets us into trouble.”
On the freedom gained after seeking help:
“Surrendering is the greatest feeling on the face of the planet.”
Tomorrow, Eater Charleston will run a full interview with Brock talking about mental health issues in the restaurant industry.