If you're like me, you love watching the food network. I'm not sure when this obsession started but I know why it started. One night, many moons ago I was flipping through the channels when I came upon the most amazing show, Iron Chef. It was awe inspiring to see them cooking so fast with some many different ingredients to create the most amazing and unique plates ever. The more I began to watch other programs on the network the more I wanted to make my own or try my hand at creating these dishes.
My only issue with the network is they never talk about food allergies, or how to cook safely for them. They're always coming up with unique ways to create flavor and awe but never any substitutes or alternatives for those of us who have food allergies. So many items contained nuts, gluten, dairy, but no alternative or mention of alternatives for those who may need it.
With such a large demographic in North America that suffers from food allergies and intolerance, this is definitely a untapped market. As well as travel food related shows. Now I understand they are there for the general public to gather knowledge and an urge to travel and try these foods, but for someone like me it becomes discouraging. Their is never any mention of safe places to eat for food allergies, what to ask, or what to avoid when dinning somewhere.
At first, after watching shows like the Layover with Anthony Bourdain, I was upset. I felt as if I could never travel to a places like these and try these foods. But, instead of letting this get my down, I did my research and food some amazing programs and guides on cooking safely for allergies and traveling with food allergies.
There are a few food allergy friendly shows in syndication but no travel food allergy shows anywhere.
I suppose I jumped the gun and judged the Food Network to soon. Although I would prefer to see more awareness in the average show, I can now rest more easily knowing there are readily available programs out there to help those who need it when cooking for food allergies.
If you are interested in watching or learning about these food allergy friendly cooking shows please follow the links below.
Cybele is a cookbook author, a mom, and the ambassador for Who Cares for Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. Check out her website for tips, her books, and recipes.
Kelly Rudnicki is the author of The Food Allergy Mama's Easy, Fast Family Meals, The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book, and Vegan Baking Classics. Check out her website for tips and recipes for delicious foods.