Nationally Acclaimed Chef and Restaurateur Chef Jehangir Mehta Challenges Food Industry to Offer Gluten-Free Dining
Contact: Claire Baker
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
215-325-1306 ext. 111
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 12, 2013) – The GREAT Kitchens TM Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour in conjunction with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) announces the culmination of its fall tour in Los Angeles on November 13th and 14th. NFCA chef ambassador Chef Jehangir Mehta will support the NFCA GREAT Kitchens TM industry initiative by co-hosting several events aimed at educating restaurant and food service providers on how to provide gluten-free foods safely.
“Dietary restrictions shouldn’t limit access to restaurant dining,” says Chef Jehangir Mehta, NFCA chef ambassador and Next Iron Chef finalist. “For diners with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, having access to safe gluten-free food is a necessity and not a luxury. Through the GREAT Kitchens TM Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour, we hope to educate chefs across the country about the need for gluten-free menu items and open up a new culinary world for those who must avoid gluten.”
Aimed at arming restaurants, caterers and universities with gluten-free front- and back-of-house skills and strategies, the GREAT Kitchens TM Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour will co-host a series of exclusive events at two nationally acclaimed restaurants in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. On November 13th, Chef Mehta will join Executive Chef Mohan Ismail at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen to host a five-course, gluten-free chef’s table dinner. On November 14th, Los Angeles chef and restaurateur, Sevan Abdessian will host Chef Mehta for a gluten-free luncheon at his renowned restaurant, Recess Eatery in Glendale.
The GREAT Kitchens TM Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour Los Angeles experience will culminate with a cooking demonstration and student-facing presentation at the GREAT Schools accredited Loyola Marymount University. In conjunction with Executive Chef Sunil Beri, Chef Mehta will work with Loyola Marymount dining staff to increase awareness of gluten-free needs among students and emphasize the importance of gluten-free dining options throughout campus dining facilities.
Follow NFCA’s Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour and join the gluten-free conversation on Twitter through @CeliacAwareness and @jehangir_mehta or by tweeting #GFChefsTable or #GREATKitchens.
About the GREAT Kitchens TM Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour
Through GREAT Kitchens TM, an educational initiative of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), the Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour seeks to educate the food industry on the importance of attentive food handling and preparation in gluten-free dining. Together with “Next Iron Chef” contestant, executive chef and restaurateur, Chef Jehangir Mehta, GREAT Kitchens TM arms restaurants, universities and foodservice providers with the tools needed to offer safe gluten-free options for individuals with gluten-free dietary needs. The Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour will span 10 cities in the U.S. through fall 2013 and spring 2014.
About Chef Jehangir Mehta
As executive chef and owner of New York City restaurants Graffiti, Mehtaphor and soon to open third restaurant, Graffiti Me & You, Chef Jehangir Mehta seeks to bring eclectic, healthful dining to the masses. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Mehta polished his culinary skill set at acclaimed New York City restaurants including Aix, Compass, and Jean-Georges. Following the success of his cookbook entitled, "Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence," Mehta appeared on “Iron Chef America” and was the runner-up on the second season of “The Next Iron Chef”.
About the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that drives diagnoses of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders and improves quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet. NFCA owns and operates GREAT Kitchens TM, a web-based gluten-free training program for foodservice professionals. Learn more at www.beyondceliac.org/GREAT.