I read an interesting article today about a test that was given to restauranteurs and chefs at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago in May. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) administered a simple four question test to see if there was a basic understanding of gluten-free protocols.
The results were not pretty.
Though many of the people quizzed said they provide gluten-free options for diners, less than 4% of them could correctly answer these basic questions about gluten.
Less than 4%! And these weren’t trick questions.
The takeaway here is that it’s up to you to make sure you are safe. Eat at restaurants where they’ve been trained, order off the gluten-free menu, and be specific about what you need.
When I go to a restaurant with a gluten-free menu, I still spell out that my salad can’t have croutons, and that it must be mixed in a separate bowl. If I have any questions at all, I ask the server to check with the chef. And if the server seems confused, I slow down and explain everything until I’m satisfied they understand, and then I check my order thoroughly when it arrives.
Remember, your health is your own responsibility. Take control of the situation!
Do you have any tricks to make sure you are safe when you eat out? Please share them in the comments section below.