Being in Control of Your Gluten-Free Diet on a Cruise Ship
- By Daniel Moran
- Published 03/18/2008
I am a Ex chef of the rich and famous. A celiac for 7 years now. WHAT I AM DOING NOW: *Going to restaurants and business and teaching their staff, prepare and serve gluten free meals. courses at a local college. *Making all my own celiac food from scratch. *Helping others to work out there problems involving food. **GOAL:To teach my knowledge to every one who needs it so they can go on a trip or out to a restaurant and not fear the GLUTEN FOOD MONSTER! Visit my site: http://chefdanielp.com
How to get gluten-free fine dining on a cruise
Of course book your ticket first and notify the ticket agent you have a special diet..I assume they put it in the ticket. Your ticket will tell you what sitting you will have for dinner and your table number so always keep that in mind for future correspondence. Next I contact the cruise line per their web page and use the contact info to let them know that I am on a special diet and will need help with all my meals. I tell them to please foreward to the correct persons . Remember to put in your letter the date you are going and your table number and time you are eating also your room number (hint' if you get severely ill or just a little it will spoil your trip so treat it like it will ruin your trip). Also you want to ask the cruise line to notify the ship, and maybe they will send your letter you make out explaining in detail your illness one to the Head chef and one to the matrure D'. In my letter I tell them in bold letters that CROSS CONTAMINATION is my worst fear (A chef using the same tongs he uses to flip a sandwich then he uses it to put my lobster on the plate...just a small example or a cloth to wipe the rim of my plate he just used on another plate).
Once my letter is drafted and emailed I keep a copy to take with me when I board the sailing day. You would be amazed that they will remember you from your letter because they did with me. So now they know I am coming and the next thing I do is ask the cruise line for the menus of the meals. For the ships to save cost they have menus for the whole year so that is very easy to do. They will send you breakfast menu and the cycle of dinner menus so hang on to next time I will tell you how to master the menu. Why should you be stuck with simple food cause you have celiac or another food allergy? So the next time I post I will wow you with some menu ideas and how to plan your dinner meals before you get to the cruise...'till next time.
Chef Daniel P
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