Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
As a judge for the FreeFrom Foods Awards 2016 and coming up, the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 2016, I am thrilled that the competition has opened. For the last eight years, the hugely successful FreeFrom Food Awards have made a major contribution to the massive growth in FreeFrom foods in the retail section. Now, with regulations governing the declaration of allergens which came into force in food service at the end of 2014, there is now a focus upon ‘FreeFrom’ in restaurants, cafés, pubs, take-aways, canteens, schools, hospitals and anywhere outside the home that you might wish to eat FreeFrom food.
Like the FreeFrom Food Awards, the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards will encourage innovation and celebrate excellence in the FreeFrom food service industry. The awards are entirely independent, supported by sponsorship and entry fees only.
So if you know of excellent GLUTEN FREE eateries or have a favourite FreeFrom venue that you think might be interested in entering the awards please email Kathy with their details and she will send them a entry form.
To celebrate the opening of the 2016 competition, the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards have given their new discretionary Pathfinder Award to Executive Chef Dominic Teague and Indigo for their ground breaking work in catering for those on FreeFrom diets.
A year ago Indigo at One Aldwych hotel, Covent Garden, after brief closure for a kitchen refurbishment, launched a brand new, entirely gluten and dairy free menu – but the team did not tell anyone what they were doing. And…. Nobody noticed! None of their regular customers who had been using the restaurant for years; none of the new visitors who came to see what the revamped menu had to offer. All they talked about was the deliciousness of the food! In October, Indigo ‘came clean’ and the ‘FreeFrom’ world went wild – and Indigo’s bookings shot up by 30%.
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But as I am learning, ingredients do change and therefore you should always read the label and check for yourself whether it is GLUTEN FREE or not!