Celebrity chef speaks of his loss

Last updated 11:12 24/08/2012
Matt Golinski
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"My world has been turned upside down" ... Matt Golinksi.

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Celebrity chef Matt Golinski has spoken publicly for the first time about his emotional and physical turmoil almost eight months after losing his wife and three daughters in a fire which left him in a medically induced coma.

Golinski was the only survivor of the Boxing Day fire which left him with burns to more than 40 per cent of his body and said his days now consist of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, psychology and hydrotherapy appointments.

''I do have my dark days and would obviously do anything to change my life back to what it was before December last year,'' he said.

''I appreciate the privacy that has been extended to me whilst I process my grief.

''It's hard to express my appreciation for the amount of well wishes, love and support that has been extended to me and my family.''

In a statement issued this morning, Golinski said he would continue his recovery in private.

"I am thankful for the respect and privacy that has been afforded to me whilst I focus on my recovery and work out what the future may entail.  Physically I am getting stronger every day but emotionally it is still very difficult," he said.

"My world has been turned upside down.  Rest, meditation, and the time to process all that has happened are important aspects of my healing."

A spokeswoman for Golinski said the celebrity chef would not participate in any more interviews for the time being.

"He understands the public's interest in him wanting to tell his story, but at this point isn't emotionally or physically ready to tell it," she said.

-Brisbane Times

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