Michael Caines inspires Devon businesspeople with secret of his success
Michael Caines shared his tips for success with an audience of Devon business leaders.
The celebrity chef was interviewed by business coach Judy Salmon during a charity event at The Royal Clarence ABode Hotel in Exeter.
Michael revealed that the most important lesson he had learned in life was to take criticism constructively and this was especially important in a business context.
"Be self-critical but also stubborn about what you truly believe in," he said, adding: "Use your strengths and beliefs to carve out your reputation."
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Asked how he managed to fit everything into his busy schedule, Michael said: "I like to live life to the full and make sure that people around me have a good time – that's why I like to get involved in so many things."
Finally, when asked to describe the secret of his success in just three words, Michael paused for a second before replying: "Hard bloody work!"
Judy said: "As a local business coach and training consultant it is great to have the opportunity to show how success can be achieved in challenging times so that I can help my clients.
"I was delighted that Michael Caines gave up his valuable time to be interviewed by me. To hear Michael's story, told in such a modest, open, courageous and humorous manner was outstanding, making one sit up and think about one's own life."
William Morrison, head of Knight Frank, Exeter, said: "The business community was treated to a fascinating insight into how Michael overcame the odds that were stacked so heavily against him.
"Not only has his career gone on to achieve great heights but he has also devoted considerable time and effort to his charity work. He is an inspiration to us all and we were delighted to be joint hosts for this special evening."
Bruce McIntosh, of J M Finn Investment Management, added: "The story that unfolded during Judy Salmon's insightful interview with Michael Caines was an inspiring illustration of what can be achieved with flair, commitment and determination. Michael has done a huge amount to put and keep Devon on the culinary map and, through the Exeter Foundation, to provide valuable support to charitable causes within the county."
David Kirk partner at Kirk Hills, said: "Michael Caines is an inspiration to all who meet and hear him speak. His triumph over adversity to become one of the country's top chefs and entrepreneurs is testimony to what can be achieved with passion, dedication and pure hard work."
Following the event, Michael said: "It was a wonderful occasion and an opportunity to raise money and awareness for the Exeter Foundation, being one of its trustees and also a patron of one of the many charities it supports, Families for Children."
A raffle was held during the evening, which raised nearly £850 for the Exeter Foundation. Trustee Keiron Northcott, of Northcott Beaton, accepted the funds on the charity's behalf.