National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’ GREAT Kitchens TM 10-City Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Brings Gluten-Free Awareness to the Bay Area

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Nationally Acclaimed Chef and Restaurateur Chef Jehangir Mehta Challenges San Francisco Food Industry to Offer Gluten-Free Dining

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in conjunction with nationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Jehangir Mehta, continues the national GREAT KitchensTM Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour in San Francisco, C.A. on November 11 and 12. While in San Francisco, the GREAT Kitchens Chef’s Table Tour and Chef Mehta will address the growing demand for gluten-free food items in restaurants and schools through a series of gluten-free events.

“Dietary restrictions shouldn’t limit access to restaurant dining,” says Chef Jehangir Mehta, NFCA chef ambassador and Next Iron Chef finalist. “For diners with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, having access to safe gluten-free food is a necessity and not a luxury. Through the GREAT KitchensTM Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour, we hope to educate chefs across the country about the need for gluten-free menu items and open up a new culinary world for those who must avoid gluten.”

In San Francisco, the GREAT KitchensTM Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour San Francisco will kick off at The University of California at Berkeley by speaking to the school’s gluten-free campus organization, GlutenX Gluten Free Alliance.

Aimed at educating restaurants, caterers and universities on preparing gluten-free foods with front- and back-of-house skills and strategies, the Chef Mehta and the GREAT Kitchens TM Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour will also join Indian culinary expert Chef Anjan Mitra at his restaurant Dosa to host an exclusive chef’s table dinner. The San Francisco segment of the tour will conclude with a private chef’s table luncheon at Chef Adriana López Vermut’s Venezuelan gluten-free restaurant Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen jointly prepared by Chef Mehta.

Follow NFCA’s Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour and join the gluten-free conversation on Twitter through @CeliacAwareness and @jehangir_mehta or by tweeting #GFChefsTable or #GREATKitchens.


About the GREAT Kitchens TM Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour
Through GREAT Kitchens TM, an educational initiative of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), the Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour seeks to educate the food industry on the importance of attentive food handling and preparation in gluten-free dining. Together with “Next Iron Chef” contestant, executive chef and restaurateur, Chef Jehangir Mehta, GREAT Kitchens TM arms restaurants, universities and foodservice providers with the tools needed to offer safe gluten-free options for individuals with gluten-free dietary needs. The Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour will span 10 cities in the U.S. through fall 2013 and spring 2014.

About Chef Jehangir Mehta
As executive chef and owner of New York City restaurants Graffiti, Mehtaphor and soon to open third restaurant, Graffiti Me & You, Chef Jehangir Mehta seeks to bring eclectic, healthful dining to the masses. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Mehta polished his culinary skill set at acclaimed New York City restaurants including Aix, Compass, and Jean-Georges. Following the success of his cookbook entitled, "Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence," Mehta appeared on “Iron Chef America” and was the runner-up on the second season of “The Next Iron Chef”.

About the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that drives diagnoses of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders and improves quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet. NFCA owns and operates GREAT Kitchens TM, a web-based gluten-free training program for foodservice professionals. Learn more at

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