Chef Crawford wants safe space for those struggling with addiction in restaurant industry

RALEIGH 

Chef Scott Crawford knows firsthand the challenges of working in a restaurant while battling – and recovering – from an addiction that constantly wants to pull you apart.

That’s why he wants to bring together people in the food and beverage industry who battle substance abuse and drug and alcohol addiction. While Crawford has been sober for 12 years, he wants to keep others from being forced to exit the kitchens and restaurants they love.

“For some people, if it’s life or death, it’s time get away from it,” said Crawford, 44, an acclaimed chef who owns Crawford and Son restaurant on Person Street and has made his career in fine dining.

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Lauren Vaughan