For those of you who have seen the above two year old video, my apologies for being late to the party. Story of my life.
For those who have not seen it, prepare to be dumbfounded.
Anthony Demetre is a big-time chef in England and owns three London restaurants.
Anthony Demetre has celiac disease.
Anthony Demetre eats gluten-free.
So far…so good.
Ah…but here is where it gets interesting.
You see, Anthony eats gluten-free for three month stretches.
And then for two straight weeks, eats as much pizza and pasta as possible.
Then he cycles again.
Take a minute to let that one sink in.
His insane reasoning?
He can’t completely follow the gluten-free diet because then the body rejects it when you do have gluten.
No sh*t it rejects it. That’s what celiac disease is!!
Did I mention he’s a chef?
And one percent of his customers have celiac disease?
There was a big old uproar when this video first appeared and here’s Mr. Demetre’s mea culpa:
I am a coeliac and like others, I need to control my intake of gluten. My understanding of this disease is that different people have different levels of tolerance, and I am one of the “lucky” ones who can succumb to a craving for pasta or the occasional croissant, once in a blue moon. This is how I personally deal with my condition, and I now regret sharing this private information on Saturday Kitchen as a few individuals have said they found it misleading about the disease itself.
In other words…he just doesn’t get it.
Two years later…I wonder if he does now.