Monday, 11th May 2015
Chef Adrian and the Coeliac Society of Ireland Create World’s Largest Gluten-Free Pancake
– Coeliac Awareness Week Running from 11th to 17th May –
The Coeliac Society of Ireland and celebrity chef Adrian Martin are claiming a place in the record books today (11.05.15) after setting a Guinness World Record for cooking the largest gluten-free potato pancake.
Chef Adrian – best-known for his work with TV3 and Woman’s Way – created the 1.5 metre monster pancake in Smithfield, Dublin 7 this morning to mark the launch of Coeliac Awareness Week.
The Week, which is hosted by the Coeliac Society, runs nationwide from 11th to 17th May and is sponsored by Knorr. The Coeliac Society is calling on people throughout the country to get involved in the Week by checking out cooking demos with Chef Adrian, country-house walks and other activities on offer.
Speaking at today’s record-breaking event, Chef Adrian said: “Just because someone has to follow a coeliac diet doesn’t mean their food has to be bland or boring. We created this pancake using gluten-free flour and gluten-free stock-cubes from Knorr, and it’s every bit as tasty as a regular pancake.
“I’m delighted to be involved in Coeliac Awareness Week because it allows me to highlight the variety of mouth-watering recipes that are suitable for people with coeliac disease.”
Not a ‘Fad’
Gráinne Denning, CEO of the Coeliac Society, said she hoped people became more aware of the symptoms of coeliac disease – and how to treat it – during Awareness Week.
“There has been lots of talk in recent years about how gluten-free eating is just a ‘fad’,” she said. “This completely undermines the seriousness of coeliac disease and the fact that, for those diagnosed with the disease, the only treatment is to follow a gluten-free diet.
“While some people choose to eat gluten-free simply because they think it’s a healthier lifestyle, those with coeliac disease must do so or they will suffer serious health consequences and severe pain. This does not mean, however, that those with coeliac disease have to miss out on tasty food.
“Throughout Coeliac Awareness Week, we are aiming to show people affected by coeliac disease, and their families, that eating gluten-free does not need to be restrictive. We’re inviting those with coeliac disease to come along to our events to meet the wider gluten-free community, learn some new recipes, and enjoy healthy walks and delicious food. We’re also encouraging anyone who thinks they may be affected to contact their GP.”
Aisling Kelliher, Knorr Shopper Marketing Manager, also highlighted the growing range of gluten-free food products available for those with coeliac disease.
“Knorr has placed a strong emphasis on providing gluten-free options for many years,” she said. “We are delighted to sponsor Coeliac Awareness Week 2015 because we know just how important it is for people with coeliac disease to be made aware of the range of quality food options available to them.
“Knorr Stock Cubes, selected Stock Pots and Savoury Gravy are all gluten-free. This week, together with the Coeliac Society and Chef Adrian, we are aiming to show just how easy it is to cook healthy, flavoursome, gluten-free meals.”
What is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac disease is an auto-immune disease that prevents those affected from digesting gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The disease can manifest itself at any stage in a person’s lifetime, with symptoms including abdominal pain, recurring mouth-ulcers, weight-loss, vomiting and diarrhoea. It is estimated to affect 46,000 people in Ireland.
For the full programme of events for Coeliac Awareness Week 2015, visit: www.coeliac.ie.
Contact: Sonya Sheils, Communications Manager, Coeliac Society, Tel: 01-8721471 or Martina Quinn, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-6522033
Notes to Editor
The Coeliac Society of Ireland is a national charity that provides its members with information and support, and works to make Ireland a better place to live for people with coeliac disease. Follow the Coeliac Society on Twitter, @CoeliacIreland / #CoeliacWeek15.
Coeliac Awareness Week Events:
Gluten- Free Cooking Demos in Craft Butcher Stores:
‘Out and About’ Weekend Walking Series followed by a hearty gluten free lunch: