Michael van Straten
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Allergy, Real or Imagined?

It's no problem if you're French!

I recently read an interview with on old friend and regular guest on my radio show, BODY TALK. He was the editor of BBC Good Food Magazine; a semi-finalist in Masterchef; a respected journalist, and not every one knows this, but a great piano player!

He gave it all up and escaped to rural France to open a restaurant and B&B with his partner Peter. Today, Orlando Murrin has proved to the locals that the English can cook, but he is scathing about the way they eat.

When guests make a booking he explains that there is no choice in his nightly gourmet menus of canapés, first course, main course, cheese, dessert and chocolate – everything home made from start to finish. But when they arrive things get difficult. Hardly an evening goes by without some special diet or other raising its ugly head.

Orlando says that even in the last five years he has seen an enormous increase in food intolerances, allergies and special dietary requests from their British guests. He is concerned that not all are based on sound medical diagnosis, a view that I have expressed for years.

But these problems do not seem to affect the French! According to Orlando, he and Peter have not encountered a single French guest with a dietary requirement of any kind. I think their culture values food and eating too much to entertain make-believe allergies and the health authorities would not tolerate all the bogus and money making testing that goes on in the UK. I have even seen patients who believe that their allergies were diagnosed over the phone, just from the sound of their voice – nice work if you can get it!

Orlando's book, published by Harper Collins, is called A Table In The Tarn and is filled with fab photos and mouth watering recipes.

For more info see www.raynaudes.com

And for more information about food allergy in general see Michaels article Food Allergies

 

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