Zia Sheikh: From Restaurant Kitchens to Restaurant Mental Health
After spending 16 years cooking at notable restaurants including Tabla, Zahav and ABC Kitchen, Zia Sheikh knew that he had a problem. He found himself turning to drinking and substance abuse to avoid his depression and cope with the pressures of working long hours in a high-stress kitchen environment. After a night of binge drinking almost cost him his life, Zia launched his nonprofit, Restaurant After Hours, an organization dedicated to the mental health of hospitality workers.
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