The Kerryman (North Kerry)

The Gluten Free Kitchen Com­pany

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WE’VE come a long way from the days when gluten-free eat­ing was con­fined to taste­less bread on a sin­gle su­per­mar­ket shelf – and one woman to the fore­front of that evo­lu­tion is Tralee’s Doire­ann Bar­rett.

Founder and owner of The Gluten Free Kitchen Com­pany at Ivy Ter­race, Tralee, the young busi­ness woman prides her­self on hav­ing es­tab­lished Europe’s first and Ire­land’s only en­tirely gluten and wheat free restau­rant.

The Gluten Free Kitchen Com­pany of­fi­cially opened dur­ing the sum­mer of 2012, but the idea had been in the pipe­line for years – ever since Doire­ann was di­ag­nosed with Coeliac Dis­ease in 2004.

Hav­ing found it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to find some­where com­pletely SAFE for Coeli­acs to eat in, Doire­ann soon be­gan to put her own busi­ness plan to­gether.

In Novem­ber 2011, she opened a tem­po­rary stall in Tralee sell­ing her own gluten free bak­ing and it wasn’t long un­til she was sup­ply­ing her home­made bread to the lo­cal health food shop, Sean­chara.

Soon af­ter, the or­ders be­gan to flood in from lo­cal restaurant­s and eater­ies – Prompt­ing a big­ger kitchen in March 2012 re­sult­ing in the lease of a fully func­tional kitchen of a for­mer va­cant well known restau­rant at 3 Ivy Ter­race which re­sulted in the "pop up" restau­rant dur­ing the rose of Tralee fes­ti­val 2012 – which even­tu­ally be­came the fully-fledged restau­rant that thrives to­day.

In the two years since open­ing its door, The Gluten Free Kitchen Com­pany has ex­pe­ri­enced un­prece­dented suc­cess. Not only has its cus­tomer base in­creased dra­mat­i­cally but it has also been hon­oured among the best in busi­ness.

In 2013, the restau­rant won a gold star in the Great Taste Awards and in Jan­uary 2014 was

DIN­ERS FLOCK FROM ALL COR­NERS OF IRE­LAND AT WEEK­ENDS JUST TO SAVOUR A 100 PER CENT GUAR­AN­TEED GLUTEN FREE DIN­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE.

awarded the Ge­orgina Camp­bell Guide to Ire­land’s qual­ity places to eat in. The restau­rant has also re­cently re­ceived a Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence from Trip Ad­vi­sor and was nom­i­nated in the Best Ca­sual Din­ing cat­e­gory at the 2014 Ir­ish Restaurant­s Awards (Mun­ster).

Such is the rep­u­ta­tion of The Gluten Free Kitchen Com­pany that din­ers flock from all cor­ners of Ire­land at week­ends just to savour a 100 per cent guar­an­teed gluten free din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The restau­rant has also at­tracted vast amounts of tourists who, hav­ing searched for such a restau­rant on­line, specif­i­cally in­clude Tralee’s Gluten Free Kitchen Com­pany in their itin­er­ary.

Given the suc­cess of the restau­rant thus far, Doire­ann is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing the li­cens­ing and fran­chise model with a view to open­ing a sec­ond Ir­ish out­let in the near fu­ture.

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Staff at The Gluten Free Kitchen Com­pany
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