I woke up this morning to find the gluten-free world in an outrage over a 40-word Facebook update a chef had posted about gluten-free patrons. Then I actually read the update:
Gluten free is bullshit!! Flour and bread have been a staple of life for thousands, THOUSANDS of years. People who claim to be gluten intolorent dont realize that its all in there disturbed liitle heads. People ask me for gluten free pasta in my restaurant all the time, I tell em sure, Then I serve serve em our pasta, Which I make from scratch with high gluten flour. And you know what? nothing, NOTHING! ever happens! People leave talking about how good they feel gluten free and guess what, They just had a full dose! Idiots!
Pretty sickening, yeah? I don’t want to imagine how those people felt later that night or the next day, and for days after that.
The Gluten Free Life has written an open letter to Cardone, which he probably won’t read since he considers the gluten-free diet to be a passing fad diet, but it’s a lot nicer than anything I’d probably say to him right now.
I just can’t imagine what would possess a chef – who has cooked for celebrities and worked at the now-defunct but once-famous Tavern on the Green – to not only take such derisive action against these patrons, but to also brag about it openly on the biggest social networking site in the world. Has he ever heard of a lawsuit? A simple, “We don’t have gluten-free pasta” would suffice.
Cardone has claimed that he understands there are “a few” people with a legitimate disorder, but “most people are jumping on the bandwagon.” How does he tell the difference between these so-called bandwagoners?
I’d hate to think that he’s not the only chef out there who takes joy in essentially poisoning the people who pay to taste his food. But that would certainly explain how crappy I felt after trying “gluten-free” pasta at Olive Garden.