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Dinner in the Clink | Al Crisci MBE | TEDxBristol

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Published on Dec 13, 2015

In this inspirational and very moving talk, Al Crisci MBE asks us to open our hearts and minds when it comes prisoner rehabilitation.

Having witnessed the lack of support and opportunities available to ex-offenders when they leave jail, Al founded The Clink Charity - a trail-blazing initiative giving prisoners a chance to gain professional qualifications and contacts in catering and hospitality while in prison.

In his passionate talk about why second chances are so important, he take us on his journey to get the Clink off the ground, the tears and the tear-aways, and the experiences he’s had helping people who’d been ‘written off’ find their passion in food.

This talk is from TEDxBristol 2015 Great Expectations: looking towards a future we can dare to expect more from: tedxbristol.com

Our talks were edited by a brilliant team of talented volunteers:

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Composer: Matthew Pearson



Would you be prepared to put your neck on the line to give prisoners a second chance in life?

Al Crisci MBE stepped up to the plate and decided he'd help prisoners turn their lives around through engaging them in food and catering. He is the founder of phenomenon that is The Clink Charity - a trail-blazing initiative giving prisoners a chance to change their prospects and lives through gaining qualifications in catering and hospitality while in prison.

There’s not a lot that Al doesn’t know about the food business. He left school at 17 and trained as a chef, working for Michelin star restaurants in London and running his own restaurant and wine bar in Croydon. In 1994 he joined Highdown prison, serving more than 2000 meals a day, where the vision for The Clink began.


This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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