Head chef sues Audi driver for £1.8M after being knocked off motorbike
Executive head chef on £100,000 a year sues Audi driver for £1.8MILLION after being knocked off motorbike on way to work
- Cristian Bravaccini, 39, is suing Audi driver Mark Harvey for the collision
- Claims his £100,000-a-year career could be ended as he struggles to stand now
- Harvey changed lanes on the A2 quickly without indicating and hit Mr Bravaccini
An executive head chef is suing an Audi driver for £1.8million after he was knocked off his motorbike on his way to work.
Cristian Bravaccini, 39, is executive head chef at Roka, an exclusive London-based Japanese restaurant group known for its luxury Wagyu beef dishes.
But he claims his £100,000-a-year career could be ended because he now struggles to spend hours on his feet doing gruelling shifts in charge of kitchens after being knocked off his motorbike by an Audi driver in February 2017.
The Italian-trained chef says he was riding on the A2 when he was knocked over, sustaining serious leg injuries which have blighted his career.
Lawyers for the driver, Mark Harvey, have admitted he was to blame and Mr Bravaccini is now claiming over £1.8million in compensation at Central London County Court.
Cristian Bravaccini (pictured), 39, is executive head chef at Roka, an exclusive London-based Japanese restaurant group known for its luxury Wagyu beef dishes
His barrister, Nicholas Hillier, said the claim is so high because experts say a knee injury means he will not be able to continue in his highly paid job for long.
‘The medical evidence obtained is that, because of his deteriorating condition, he will be unable to continue to work as a head chef for the rest of his career,’ he said.
According to documents filed with the court, Mr Bravaccini, of Greenhithe, Kent, was filtering between lanes in slow morning rush hour traffic on his Honda PS125 when he was hit by Mr Harvey’s Audi TT Quattro.
‘The defendant attempted to change lanes hurriedly and without indicating and drove straight into the immediate path of the motorbike,’ his lawyers state in the court papers.
Bravaccini claims his £100,000-a-year career could be ended because he now struggles to spend hours on his feet doing gruelling shifts in charge of kitchens after being knocked off his motorbike by an Audi driver in February 2017
‘Mr Bravaccini performed an emergency stop, but was not able to prevent a collision and falling off his bike to the road.’
He sustained a head injury, which has impaired his memory, as well as a knee fracture and damage to the nerves and blood vessels in his left leg.
Although he is currently executive chef at high-end urban restaurants Roka Canary Wharf and Roka Aldwych, Mr Bravaccini faces an uncertain future, with claims he will have to give up his job.
He has managed to continue working during the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, but has been ‘struggling’ physically, particularly due to his left knee injury, said Mr Hillier.
‘It’s apparent from the medical evidence that he may not be able to continue as a head chef because he spends long periods of time doing shifts on his feet,’ he added.
The Italian-trained chef says he was riding on the A2 when he was knocked over, sustaining serious leg injuries which have blighted his career
‘There is also a certain amount of physical activity which he is not going to be able to do.’
Mr Hillier said the claim for lost future earnings alone is around £1.8million – on top of claims for other losses – because of the potentially catastrophic effect of the ending of his cherished role in the kitchen.
He said it was unclear what else Mr Bravaccini could do to bring home the same level of salary, and said his team needed more evidence exploring the effects of his leg injury on his future career.
‘Mr Bravaccini requires the opinion of an employment consultant on what sorts of jobs are available to him in the catering industry if he cannot continue as head chef,’ he told Judge Heather Baucher QC.
The court heard the insurers for Audi driver Mark Harvey, of Sidcup, have admitted liability for the accident, but are questioning the value of his claim.
His solicitor, David Peake, said in the defence to the action: ‘It is accepted that the accident…was caused as a result of the negligence of the defendant.’
The damages claim will be heard by a judge at a later date.
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