Chef Matt Golinski: 'My world has been turned upside down'
Sad end ... Matt Golinski's wife, Rachael, with their daughters Starlia, Sage and Willow. Photo: John McCutcheon/Sunshine Coast Daily
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.
Mr 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 consisted 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,’’ Mr Golinski told his local paper, the Sunshine Coast Daily.
Matt Golinski's emotional and physical trauma
"My world has been turned upside down" ... Matt Golinksi. Photo: Barry Alsop, Eyes Wide Open Images
‘‘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.’’
Rachael Golinski and her three daughters, Sage, 12, Willow, 12, and Starlia, 10, were killed when a fire tore through their Tewantin home. Mr Golinski was in an induced coma for five weeks.
Celebrity chef Matt Golinski before the fire.
In a statement issued this morning, a spokeswoman for Mr Golinski said the former Ready Steady Cook star would not participate in any more interviews for the time being, instead continuing his recovery in private.
"Physically I am getting stronger every day but emotionally it is still very difficult," Mr Golinski said in the statement.
“My world has been turned upside down. Rest, meditation, and the time to process all that has happened are important aspects of my healing.”
in honour of his daughters Mr Golinski ran a five kilometre fun run on the Sunshine Coast on June 30, which would have been Sage and Willow's 13th birthday.
His achievement at the Point Cartwright run was also an early birthday present for his youngest daughter, Starlia, who would have turned 11 on July 10.
With the Brisbane Times and the Sunshine Coast Daily