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Chefs with Food Allergies

Here's a story on Eater: How Chefs With Food Allergies Make It Work.


The biggest takeaway from her allergy has been discovering just how poorly the hospitality industry still handles them. She’s had incidents where she’s been assured by waitstaff that her meal didn’t have nuts, only to find out that an ingredient like orgeat (an almond-based syrup) had been used in her cocktail. But she says people are more understanding than they used to be.

The most common food allergies:

the eight most common food allergens: Milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybean account for 90 percent of all food allergies in the United States.

About the realities of living and working with allergies:

Back when she still worked in kitchens, Selengut says that “other than peanut or something, we didn’t really believe in allergies.” Unfortunately, change has not been uniform in the industry, and while kitchens are better at taking allergies seriously, she still regularly finds garlic in her food when she goes out to eat. The only way to make things better, Selengut says, is to have “a serious overhaul of quality control and management from the chef de cuisine to the busser.”


It would be interesting to hear from some bartenders with food allergies. 


Allergies in the News: UK Restaurant Owners Convicted of Manslaughter in Nut Allergy Death

AllergyNot only was the restaurant owner convicted of manslaughter due to failure to avoid nut allergies in their food, so was the delivery person. Read about the case in the New York Times

This is something that I've started to learn about- restaurants in the UK and EU must have an allergen menu available on request: 

Packaged foods in supermarkets in Britain and the European Union already carry information about allergens, but, for freshly prepared foods, takeout establishments and restaurants are required only to have the list of allergens available on request.

As far as I know, that also applies to cocktail ingredients in bars. 

I covered some allergy labelling information in this story for SevenFifty Daily a while back, including a link to what the allergens are that must be labelled in the UK.