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#688813 Controversial Facebook Post By Chef

Posted by on 01 April 2011 - 10:43 AM

In contrast you have Ming Tsai, a chef with a child with food allergies who is active with education for food service in this area. I wonder how he feels about this debacle. He should be encouraged to speak out for better training and education.
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#688266 Controversial Facebook Post By Chef

Posted by on 30 March 2011 - 05:21 PM


Well it looks like they got the message.
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#688222 Controversial Facebook Post By Chef

Posted by on 30 March 2011 - 03:00 PM

Thank you all, as a group we all have the power to help change this sort of behavior. Yesterday when I posted I was so upset and angry and felt like there was so little I could do to stop this guy from hurting anyone else.

I haven't posted or blogged much in the last year, it has been a rough one for me. A string of gluten exposures triggered an awful bout of ataxia, thyroid issues and total lack of blood sugar control. It took months and countless tests to get me to a point where I was back to feeling somewhat normal. Then this past weekend I had a glutening and well you all can pretty much guess how I'm feeling. So hearing about this jerk from a friend just was the icing on the cake for me.

I think most people do not get it because typically we do not show outward signs immediately. That doesn't make it right and doesn't give anyone the power to damage our health. I cannot tell you the number of times I have put down my fork thinking OK what is it that is tying my stomach in knots, MSG or gluten and not eaten another bite.

I need to probably share this just to get it out there too, it was another chef with an attitude that I encountered not very long ago. We went to Carabba's (which is hit or miss it seems) and even after asking for my steak to be cooked in a pan or on foil they still grilled it. It came out and I was told oh it was a clean area of the grill (their grill baste contains gluten and how can you tell if it is on an item or the grill, uughh). I asked again for it to be made on foil or a pan and got back a dish with cold veggies and a steak in a pool of juices because it wasn't cooked but a few seconds. Everyone else was long done eating by this time too. The server apologized repeatedly and told me the chef was angry he had to remake it and that he didn't want to make it in a pan. I can't remember the exact words but it was basically how dare I tell him how to cook something and passing judgment that I had no idea what was the right way to cook it. I promptly tweeted and direct messaged corporate as they follow me on twitter (thank goodness for smartphones) thinking I would hear something and of course I didn't :-( I won't go back to this location anymore, honestly our Maggiano's has them beat hands down, the chef comes and speaks with you to make certain what you can eat so that is my go to for Italian here.

It is just so upsetting because I know there are chef's and restaurants that really do care that they give us safe food. It is just so hard to know for sure that you have found one.
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#687688 Controversial Facebook Post By Chef

Posted by on 29 March 2011 - 07:17 AM

I had to do a few things this morning but came back and did a bit more googling. He appears to work for a restaurant called Beau Jo's in Glenwood Springs Colorado. If you look he is mentioned on this page,
They have a bunch of gluten-free items on their menu... Looks like a chain. I imagine they would love to know about this fabulous chef who is a part time doctor/psychiatrist since apparently he knows better than his customers if they do have in fact celiac disease. I wonder how many people have left there and been sick for days or had vacations ruined because of him.

Here is a quote from their site..."Our commitment to you, our customers, neighbors, friends and employees is that we will operate in a socially responsible manner. Creating the highest quality food along with healthy options and choices for those with dietary challenges."

I am just appalled, I've never eaten there, don't even know this guy other than the comment a friend made and it still has me incensed over it. I know only too well how it is to be glutened when eating out. It isn't a trivial thing in the least.
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#687650 Controversial Facebook Post By Chef

Posted by on 29 March 2011 - 05:12 AM

I always wondered how much some chef's cared about making something safe for a celiac. I was talking to a friend this morning and she mentioned a facebook post from someone she knew and how he would give people asking for gluten free food regular pasta. I'm not normally so quick to post this but if you look at where he has worked you can see he has has some serious training. Here's the link to his post:

and here is his post....

Damian Cardone
Gluten free is bullXXX!! Flour and bread have been a staple of life for thousands, THOUSANDS of years. People who claim to be gluten intolorent dont realize that its all in there disturbed liitle heads. People ask me for gluten free pasta in my restaurant all the time, I tell em sure, Then I serve serve em our pasta, Which I make from scratch with high gluten flour. And you know what? nothing, NOTHING! ever happens! People leave talking about how good they feel gluten free and guess what, They just had a full dose! Idiots!

Here's his info on his profile...
Damian J. Cardone has apprienticed under Swiss, Master Chef Kurt Wigger. Damian was the Executive Chef at the Sopris Chalet, Restaurant, Aspen, Co. Executive Banquet Chef at the Tavern on the Green N.Y.C.
After apprienticing under Master Chef Kurt Wigger, Switzerland. Whom, was the last person to study under Du Franze, who was the last person on earth to study under Georges Agustus Esscoffier.
Spending time between Aspen and NYC. In 05 and 06, Damian upheld the position as the wedding/banquet Chef at the Tavern on the Green. Has apeared on Regis and Kelli, Project Runway, numerous P.B.S. segments. Personally cooked for Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Tom Hanks, Segourney Weaver, and George Clooney. Currently resides in Glenwood Springs Colorado as a private chef for hire, and learning how to make tacos.

I am not a friend of his, it is all out there for the world to see, for now anyhow. I have to say I am amazed at the anger and the stupidity of his post. I would love to know where he is working right now and let them know about it. And we wonder why we react sometimes when we eat out....
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