Danny McCubbin
Founder of San Patrignano UK. For over 30 years, San Patrignano has welcomed young men and women facing challenges in life as a result of being addicted to drugs. Based on the Adriatic Coast of Italy the programme at San Patrignano is completely free. I also work for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation in the UK.

Follow Danny on Twitter @dannymccubbin

and for more information on San Patrignano: http://www.sanpatrignano.org/en


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Entries by Danny McCubbin

Real Food In Florence

(2) Comments | Posted 11 May 2015 | (17:44)

Florence is one of the most spectacular cities to visit in Italy. Stepped in history and home to some of the most famous artworks in the world, many tourists flock to the city every day. On the surface, like many famous cities in Italy it can be a challenge to...

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A Bridge To San Patrignano

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2014 | (16:38)


San Patrignano is the most successful drug rehabilitation community in the world with an impressive 72% success rate. Situated near Rimini in Italy, there are over 1,300 residents currently residing there from 28 countries around the world. I have been involved...

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Happy 50th Birthday to Me

(0) Comments | Posted 22 November 2014 | (11:15)

I turned 50 a couple of weeks ago. For me it was like any other day living and working in London except that in what we humans have labeled time - I had reached half a century here on earth. My birthday was a time for reflection and on the...

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Piedmonte Wine Tour With Passione Vino

(3) Comments | Posted 13 November 2014 | (13:35)

Piedmont is one of the most famous wine regions in Italy. It has gained this reputation because it is the birthplace of Barolo, (by far the most aristocratic wine of Italy) and Barbaresco, often referred to as Barolo's younger brother. My good friend Luca Dusi who owns and runs

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Salon del Gusto - Good, Clean, Fair Food

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2014 | (18:54)

Held every two years in Turin - Salone del Gusto is a food festival like no other. There are over 1,260 exhibitors here from all over the world and the one thing that they have in common is that the food that they are selling and displaying is...

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Why I Don't Think that Depression Is a Disease

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2014 | (22:04)


Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. I only found out about this when I logged onto Twitter and saw that the hashtag #WorldSuicidePreventionDay was trending. I kept a keen eye on the tweets and also the stories and blogs that were...

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Why Flying Ryanair Can Make You Happy

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2014 | (13:40)

Last Friday I boarded a Ryanair flight to Pisa and when I was half way there I had a realisation that flying with this company can in fact make you happy. Yes, I know, this may sound like a very strange thing to write about but rest assured I am...

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Duagh Summer Festival

(0) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (15:48)

Duagh is a little village situated in Kerry in Ireland with a population of around 400 people. On the weekend of the 9th of August the size of the town more nearly doubled as close to 2,000 people turned out to attend the Duagh Summer Festival that was hosted by...

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Jamie Oliver's Fifteen - New Recruits

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2014 | (21:42)


Over 10 years ago now Jamie Oliver had an idea that he could take 15 young people who had no formal training in cooking and over the period of a year teach them all to be top class Chefs. Jamie believes that anyone...

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Food Revolution Day 2014 #FRD2014

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2014 | (00:00)


Someone said to me in the office the other day that perhaps in the future people will look back at this time in history and compare our current obesity crisis as the same way that we now view the harm that...

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Cooking for Good Down Under

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2014 | (00:00)


One of the best aspects of my job (and there are many) is the fact that I get to work with the graduates from the Jamie Oliver Fifteen apprentice programme. I am one of the lucky ones here in the office...

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San Patrignano UK - Now a Charity

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2014 | (23:00)

Today I received an email to say that San Patrignano UK has been granted charity status in the UK. I am so proud that together with everyone who is helping me, the community itself in Italy and the incredible young people who are here in the UK from...

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Hannah's story - Getting Help for Drug Addiction

(1) Comments | Posted 18 September 2013 | (22:51)

A few weeks ago a very brave woman by the name of Hannah entered the long term drug rehabilitation community in Italy called San Patrignano. Hannah was the first woman from the UK to enter the rehab centre and I am sure the first of many who will...

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Cooking for Good - Please Spread the Word!

(0) Comments | Posted 8 September 2013 | (15:21)

I often here myself saying that I have one of the best jobs in the world. I work part time for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and the rest of my time is spent running the UK San Patrignano Association. I get to meet some pretty amazing people...

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San Patrignano - A Free Drug Rehab Community

(4) Comments | Posted 27 July 2013 | (00:00)

Last night I received a call from a 19-year-old girl in tears as her life is in ruins because of her addiction to methedrone, ketamin and ecstasy. She has reached out to me for help to enter the long term FREE residential drug rehabilitation community in Italy called

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Smoking Cannabis Can Lead to Harder Drugs

(222) Comments | Posted 9 July 2013 | (00:00)


I knew something was up with the person who was supposed to meet me today at 11.30am when there was no sign of him just around 11.45. The lad in question had reached out to me for help as his life was...

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Help Me to Help Drug Addicts

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (13:36)

I have just "defriended" a friend on Facebook. When someone did this to me sometime ago I remember that it seemed to hurt more than having an argument over the phone or being confronted in person. So it was with some hesitation that I "defriended" the friend but I did....

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Western Australia's "Taste Master", one of the Best Jobs in the World

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2013 | (23:42)

Fancy being crowned the "Taste Master" of Western Australia and spending six months travelling around the State sampling some of the best food and wine on offer? Tourism Australia, together with Tourism Western Australia, are running a competition to find the best candidate to take on this role. The person...

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Thank You Ban Ki-Moon

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2013 | (00:00)

I have just finished reading Ban Ki-moon's address to the residents of San Patrignano. On Wednesday the Secretary - General of the United Nations visited the drug rehabilitation community in Italy and in his address he mentions two residents that I am proud to call my friends -...

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Simple Minds

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2013 | (23:00)

This morning I received a call from my friend in Australia letting me know that one of our friends had taken his life over the weekend. I have suffered grief and loss before and today I did not know what to do - go to work and carry on? Stay...

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