Chef Ignores Gluten-Free Orders, Lies & Serves It Anyway


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Whether or not you think a gluten-free diet is for the birds is your call. I, personally, happen to know a few people with wheat allergies who swear it's the only thing that works for them. Whatever. Maybe it works, maybe it's a placebo. I really don't care. I have better things to do with my time. Like brush my dog. But the people who get all upset about others eating gluten-free, like Chef Damian Cardone, need to get a life!

Chef Cardone, who claims to be the former executive chef at (now closed) fancypants New York restaurant Tavern on the Green, has let the world know via Facebook that not only does he hate people who follow a gluten-free diet, he serves gluten to those trying to avoid it.

Um, why? And why would you do something as idiotic as announce it to the world? Despite your claims (which no one has been able to verify) that you've cooked for Billy Crystal, George Clooney, and Tom Hanks -- do you really think they'll want you as their chef now? Check out the genius's venomous Facebook rant:

Gluten free is bull s**t!! Flour and bread have been a staple of life for thousands, THOUSANDS of years. People who claim to be gluten intolerant don't realize that it's all in their disturbed little heads. People ask me for gluten free pasta in my restaurant all the time, I tell em sure, Then I serve em our pasta, which I make from scratch with high gluten flour. And you know what? nothing, NOTHING! ever happens! People leave talking about how good they feel gluten free and guess what, They just had a full dose! Idiots!

Wow, you really like gluten, Damien. And, uh, just a little tidbit, if someone were gluten intolerant, it would take two to three hours before they felt the effects of having consumed it. Oh, and while we're at it, a friend of mine has an autistic son, who he never feeds gluten to. But, for some reason, he can always tell if his son has eaten something containing gluten because he starts stimming. Just sayin'.

My beliefs aside, you seem like a crappy chef and an even crappier person for intentionally serving people food they specifically asked not to have. But what you seem like most of all is an idiot for letting the world know.

What do you think of Chef Cardone serving people gluten-free food when they asked otherwise?


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Histo... HistoryMamaX3

This pisses me off... We also used toxic materials on our bodies before we realized it KILLED us. Science has PROVEN that people with celiac disease cannot process gluten- this isn't knew. Just like diabetics can't process sugar! Just because we've eaten sugar for thousands of years doesn't mean that diabetes isn't real.

He's a idiot- and a fraud for lying to his customers.

nonmember avatar ele4phant

He sounds condescending and rude, and insensitive to those with gluten allergies or sensitivity, but you know what, he's not force feeding anyone gluten. Maybe he could be more tactful in stating that his restaurant does not offer gluten-free options, but he has every right to offer whatever menu he wants. There are still plenty of people who can and want to eat gluten, and those who don't aren't being forced to eat his food.

And just to play devil's advocate, all the evidence about the negative effects of gluten is anecdotal at this point. I am not saying that this guy is right (I too know many people who have eliminated it from their diet and rave about it), but at this point in time there's no scientific evidence proving anything.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Actually, they kinda ARE being "force fed" gluten... The customers are asking for gluten-free food, and are told, "yes, we have that, yes we'll serve it to you." And then they're given the high-gluten food instead. Are they being strapped down and having the food shoved in their faces? No, but they are operating in a good-faith situation, trusting that this chef is going to honor his word.

Belief in gluten-free or not, this guy is just an idiot. I'm glad I'm not eating his food. Does he believe this way about all allergies? 'Cause there are people who are not just sensitive to certain foods, but will die if they eat them. My dad has a very strong allergy to chicken... he always has to quiz waitresses - who will often bring a chef out to talk with him - about whether there is chicken broth in the food.  Most of the chefs and waitstaff he's dealt with have been very kind and accomodating, thank goodness.  I'd hate for him to run into this guy.

Pishyah Pishyah

This is such BS!  That guy is going to get it.  At least, I hope he does!  There are tests to determine whether a person is allergic to gluten but even the tests aren't 100%!  I'm not sure whether I believe everyone should go gluten free or not, I'm not even sure I believe I should try it with my son's intestinal issues.  BUT, I do know that this guy is an ass.

Pishyah Pishyah

Also, on the subject of chemicals and so forth, our food is MUCH different from what it was even a hundred years ago. 

Fancy... Fancy-Schmancy

My DH would have three days of agony if he ate gluten or wheat. 3 Days! And I won't even describe what it's like for case somebody is eating while they read this. Suffice it to say that he is incapacitated to the point where all he can do is sleep and drink a little water.  I hope Chef Cardone develops some kind of allergy some day so he can have the 'fun' of suffering the way my poor DH does.

Anast... Anastazia975

I am so glad that this type of jack ass gives us reputable chefs a bad name. Jerk.

nonmember avatar KMac

WOW. I am enraged. My husband was diagnosed with celiac, and let me tell you, I can't see how going gluten-free could possibly be a placebo. I saw the rapid improvement in his health once he stopped eating gluten, and I've seen him get sick almost immediately after the one time he decided "what the heck, I'll splurge!" It's not life-threatening in the sense that a peanut allergy or shellfish allergy may be, but it can make the person terribly, terribly sick. And even if it's just someone who decided they don't want gluten, who the hell is this guy to decide otherwise for them?

Absolutely unbelievable.

mothe... mothermacri

I'm a Celiac an a VERY sensitive one at that. If this guy served me gluten I would be vomiting within an hour and sick for the next week. My body literally starts to destroy my intestines when I eat gluten and it's an autoimmune disease not a little thing in my head. I went undiagnosed for 26 years so apparantly all the pain and sickness I went through since I was 2 was all just something made up by me?! I wish this guy could be arrested or something becasue what he is doing is very dangerous...

winte... winterrose82

I think there are people who medically need to not eat gluten and there are people who are using it as a placebo. Whatever. It's their body, and their choice not to eat it. Would you feed meat to a vegetarian? Or peanuts to someone with a nut allergy? NO. 

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