Michelin-Starred French Restaurant Goes Gluten-Free
A Michelin-starred French chef has taken on one very daunting culinary challenge and officially made her restaurant gluten-free, making it the first restaurant in France to have both a Michelin star and a gluten-free menu.
According to NDTV, L’Auberge de la Feniere in Provence is a classic restaurant built in a stone barn and surrounded by vineyards, but that classic restaurant has taken on one of the biggest food trends going at the moment and adopted a gluten-free menu. Chef Reine Sammut, who has had her Michelin star since 1995, was inspired to make the change by her daughter, Nadia, who is a chemist and suffers from celiac disease.
“Thirty-five years ago, doctors didn’t know about celiac disease,” Nadia said to NDTV. “The doctors told me that I had destroyed my immune system. I was at the height of the illness.”
Celiac disease affects about one in 100 people, but Sammut was eager to make the change to a gluten-free menu so that “everyone could eat at the same table.”
“The basic ingredients needed are not easy to find, but Nadia tracked them down,” said Sammut. “I only had to test them.”
L’Auberge de la Feniere is offering its menu, which even has gluten-free puff pastry, at half the usual price to encourage people to try the restaurant’s new, gluten-free cuisine.