I would love to eat out but I can’t stand gluten
EATING out is the stuff of dreams for Gebby Eaton.
The 23-year-old, from Singleton, suffers from the little known coeliac disease.
After attending years of medical appointments to try to find out what was wrong with her, Gebby finally found out that she suffered from the disease, a form of gluten intolerance that means that all wheat-associated produce has to be avoided.
Coeliac disease (pronounced see-liac) is an autoimmune disease.
Gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye triggers an immune reaction in people with coeliac disease.
This means that eating gluten damages the lining of the small intestine.
Other parts of the body may also be affected.
Food such as breads, pastas, cereals, and biscuits are a no-go area for coeliacs, making eating out a tricky business for the 1 in 100 people suffering from the disease.
Due to this, Coeliac UK is calling on chefs all over the country to provide more gluten-free options on their menus, which would enable thousands more people to eat out.
The charity is inviting professional chefs and cooks to create a coeliac-friendly, gluten-free meal, producing three courses displaying different tastes, textures and innovation in their cooking.
Gebby said: “If people know that they can go out and be safe, even through labelling the menu to show what is glutenfree, it would encourage people to eat out.
“A few different tastes would be great, too.”
The competition has two categories – one for up and coming chefs and another for professionals, with the winners of each category being judged by celebrity chef Paul Vickery, food ambassador for Coeliac UK.
Written entries can be submitted to email@example.com and more information on the disease and the competition can be obtained by logging on to www.coeliac.org.uk
Singer and actress Gebby Eaton, who is a coeliac sufferer