Ticky Donovan foreward to David Croft Book

Food for thought is described as a combination of life, karate, cooking and disability.  The forward of the book was contributed by sensei Ticky Donovan OBE.

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When 21-year-old David went for a dive while working on the island of Bermuda, he had no idea that it would change his life. An accident paralysed the chef and 2nd Dan karate black belt from the shoulders down on the same day that he was informed he would compete in the 1980 world karate championships and inaugural world games.
David, who had previously worked at the Savoy and Churchill hotels in London, is telling his life story in Food for Thought.  The book documents the highs and lows of his life, often in a humorous manner, and has a recipe section at the back to which some of the best chefs in Britain have contributed. Gary Rhodes, Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and Gino D Acampo, amongst others, have added their delicious recipes that are accompanied by mouthwatering pictures.
Food for Thought will show, in the face of much adversity, how David rebuilt his life in a way he never thought possible after his accident. In a Dinner Party section of the book, he also highlights the achievements of 10 other sporting tetraplegics, some of whom lead extremely remarkable lives despite being paralysed, with each choosing their ideal guests for a dinner party. The book will also educate the hospitality industry about catering for disabled diners in the future.
Ticky Donovan OBE 10th Dan wrote a foreward for the book which is reproduced in full below (click on the text for a closer view)..