(the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts,
in Vancouver, Canada)
For most people, eating in a restaurant isn’t stressful. On the contrary! Eating out usually represents leisure… service… gastronomic discovery… a treat, even. But for others — for people diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, for example — eating in a restaurant can feel like an ordeal.
First of all, there’s the obligatory “confession” (to an all-too-often disinterested server) of all of your numerous and varied dietary restrictions. Next, there’s the uncomfortable faith that the information will be…
- accurately transmitted to the kitchen, and
- followed by kitchen staff.
And finally, when the plate does arrive, there’s the slow but not unfamiliar realization that the process of adapting an otherwise beautiful and undoubtedly delicious pre-conceived dish to a set of after-the-fact ingredient restrictions, really only ensures that the food is under-seasoned, under-decorative, unimaginatively plated, and hardly worth the price.
Enter Jan Steele, a recent culinary arts graduate from the Pacific Institute for Culinary Arts. Jan has Celiac Disease… always has. And, after a bout of severe illness prompted her to complete a certification in nutritional therapy and a further specialization as an AIP Certified Coach, Jan undertook PICA’s Culinary Arts programme as the final step on a new career path aimed at making the experience of eating out less stressful for the autoimmune community.
A not-so-simple task
Elimination diets are becoming more and more common, it seems. And while some have come to be mainstream enough that restaurants can incorporate their principles — gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan — others are considerably more complex. The Autoimmune Paleo diet is one of the complex ones: grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, seed-free, nightshade vegetable-free, free of all industrial and refined products, and minimal in refined sugar
A peek at the desserts
on Beetroot Noodles
Citrus Tuna Tartare
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