A chef is pretty upset at people’s “food allergies.” I say “food allergies,” with the quotation marks because the chef is claiming the allergies are fake.
He posted a picture to Instagram showing the order ticket with the “fake food allergies” scribbled out, with a caption that read, pretty bluntly:
Can people with dietary requirements start knowing what you can and can’t eat? Shellfish allergy but loves oyster sauce. Gluten free but loves gluten as long as it’s not a piece of bread. Vegetarians that love a chicken wing. Pescatarians who eat chicken. Sort your s— out and let your waiter know. You make it really damn hard for people with actual allergies and dietaries to go out to eat.
He does make a point on some of those things, saying “shellfish allergy but loves oyster sauce,” and “gluten free but loves gluten.” He went on to express that it annoys chefs pretty much across the board, and that people who have “actual allergies” end up having a more difficult time going out to eat. He does express sympathy to those who do have food allergies, but what he’s getting at is that some people claim food allergy just to make custom dishes, and wind up with contradictory items on the plate.
What are your thoughts? Do you see people who claim they have some allergy or condition still unknowingly consume the thing they’re allergic to and end up just fine? Do you think people with food allergies should refrain from eating out? Do you agree that it’s hard to eat out if you have an allergy?