Back in the spring, the Culinary Institute of America invited me to participate in their food allergen awareness training videos.
From the CIAPROCHEF.com website:
“Created as an industry service by The Culinary Institute of America participation with the National Peanut Board, this food allergy education program is an Internet-based educational program that encourages foodservice professionals to explore and adopt more carefully calibrated responses to the food allergy issue. Through informative text, video interviews and allergy free recipe ideas, this free program helps educate foodservice operators about strategies for meeting customers' needs without unnecessarily eliminating foods with potential allergens from their menus.”
A super long video of me is here which will be released to the public and CIA students in a few weeks.
Essentially, I talk about what it’s like to dine out from an allergic diner’s perspective eating out and what my steps are to ensure a great dining experience, both in terms of my responsibility to communicate my needs and the chef/restaurant’s responsibility to hear those needs and tell me honestly if they can accommodate them.
Allergic Girl readers are getting an early exclusive invite to check out the landing site they created [it won't be made public for a few more weeks]. The site has all kinds of videos, recipes and resources, like a free downloadable chef card.
Kudos and thank you to the Culinary Institute of America and the National Peanut Board for training young chefs about diners with special dietary needs, requests and concerns i.e. us!