[Daily Mail] Struck down by Lyme Disease while working in Australia
· Kirk Haworth, 29, begun suffering chronic pain after a tick bite in Sydney
· Diagnosed as Lyme Disease last May and its symptoms forced him to quit
· Followed stellar career at top restaurants including The Square in London
The son of celebrity chef Nigel Haworth had his own cooking career cut short after contracting Lyme Disease while abroad. Kirk Haworth, 29, was a rising star in London's Michelin-starred restaurant scene when he began suffering chronic pain and memory loss.This was diagnosed as Lyme Disease last May, four years after Kirk says he contracted the illness from a tick bite while working in Sydney.
By then his symptoms were so bad he had to retire, bringing to an end a stellar career at top restaurants including The Square in London and The French Laundry, California.
His father, Nigel, winner of BBC's Great British Menu and contributor to Saturday Kitchen, described the hell his son had been through.
'Kirk has had chronic body and joint pain, 24-hour headaches that feel like something is actually controlling your brain, and memory loss,' he said.'That is in addition to chronic fatigue where you just can't get out of bed, depression, anxiety and more.
But before then he is teaming up with Andy McFadden, head chef at Michelin-starred Pied a Terre in Fitzrovia, to put on a one-off charity lunch.
The £45-a-head menu includes smoked eel caesar, roast chicken broth and caramelised venison with barbecued celeriac. Funds will go towards helping people with Lyme Disease.
Nigel, who works at Northcote Manor in Blackburn, added: 'I am extremely proud of how Kirk is attacking this illness and raising awareness of it through food.
'He is determined to try and help as many people as possible not go through all the suffering he has and also improving our poor treatment options here in the UK.'Kirk said: 'This disease attacks hundreds of thousands of people world-wide every year and is just not taken serious enough. 'I was going to the doctors several times a week complaining about serious symptoms and just being ignored or not taken seriously
'This is an invisible and life changing disease; patients are not being helped and treated in the correct way. 'We plan to fight against this and try and get some awareness and help for not only us Lyme sufferers but for everyone. Things must and will change.'