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Scott Crawford – A Chef With Two Amazing Missions

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Scott Crawford – A Chef With Two Amazing Missions
June 19
04:06 2017

(Eating Trends) – Crawford and Son is a small eatery in a row of storefronts in Raleigh, NC’s downtown area. It has a very neighborhood feeling and is well know for a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere in the local market serving some of the best cuisine the area has to offer. The award winning menu is of a size commensurate with the 60 or so seats of the restaurant. That means it is very manageable and doesn’t exceed ones sensibilities. It is not only representative of the very impressive Chef who wrote it, but it also is not laden with extraneous ingredients or overly complicated descriptions.

This establishment reflects the education, experience and imagination of Chef Scott Crawford.  His experience comes by way of culinary school in Florida, stints with the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain, The Cloisters Hotel and five years as Food & Beverage Director and Executive Chef of The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina. He definitely understands the difference between 4 stars and 5 stars and what it takes to achieve those lofty heights. And his food shows it.

Crawford and Son is the next step in his mission to satisfy the dining public with cuisine produced in his caring yet peaceful manner. But that is not Scott’s only mission, and is only half of the story. Chef Crawford’s career and mission were not always so peaceful.

Scott spent much of his working career engaging in substance abuse. He freely talks of his demons, large ones at that, and relates tales worthy of a documentary. Somehow his career path remained unhindered by his addictions but it was still taking a toll on his health and his mind. His alcohol dependency was further complicated by diabetes. “I thought that in my personal battle with demons and alcohol dependency that I had experienced the worst of the worst when it came to hangovers” he says.

He informed me during our interview that you really haven’t experienced a hangover until you suffer a diabetic hangover. Chef Scott added “Adding another level of agony to some of my worst day afters is something I’m glad I escaped.”

Fortunately Chef Scott is one of the addicts who reached a pivot point in his life. Somewhere through the fog of addiction Scott realized he was on a serious downward spiral that was not going to end well and that he needed to cast off the turmoil and upheaval that racked his soul, emotions and mental capacity. He wanted to be at peace. He reached out and got the help that he realized he needed. AA was his new path after realizing his pivot point. Peace was attainable.

Which brings us to Chef Scott Crawford’s second mission. He has started a chapter of Ben’s Friends. Ben’s Friends is a small group that was started with the intention of giving people in the hospitality industry a chance to find their way off of substance abuse. And everyone in the industry is welcome.

The meetings are every Sunday at 11:00 a.m at Crawford and Son. This group allows people in the hospitality industry to begin to experience a 12 step program without going to a standard AA meeting which can be both intimidating and fearful of losing your anonymity. Because the people who come to the meeting are all in related hospitality professions it allows them a bit of trust and comfort. So this is now Chef Scott’s second mission, to help others strive for the peace and harmony that he has found with his family, his career and with his soul.

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Crawford and Son Restaurant, 618 North Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27604

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