STATEMENT FROM THE PRODUCERS OF FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD:
We are very sorry if the content of the Brighton episode of Food Glorious Food has caused offence to any viewers or sufferers of Coeliac disease. The contestant who presented the gluten-free cup-cakes was not a Coeliac sufferer. The conversation between Judge Stacie Stewart and the contestant was meant to be a light hearted one and did not relate to Coeliac disease. It was never our intention to cause distress or upset to Coeliac sufferers or anyone else by these remarks and we apologise for any offence or upset that might have occurred.
The Brighton episode contained a variety of gluten free dishes and they were tasted and judged on the same merits as all the dishes entered in the competition. One particular gluten free cup cake was judged not up to the standard required, whilst a gluten free Christmas pudding was chosen as pick of the day by the same judge, and put through to the judges head quarters final round in the show where it was a runner-up.
We would like thank everyone who has been in contact with us for bringing this matter to our attention.
1. It doesn’t actually matter if the contestant was a coeliac sufferer. Was matters is that WE DON’T KNOW what he suffered from, if anything, as this wasn’t made clear on the programme. He may have been a faddy eater (if so, why the toilet comment?), but if he had intolerances, or was allergic to nuts, it’s still an incredibly insensitive “light hearted” joke at his expense.
2. Portraying gluten-free as a fad hurts us even if they aren’t talking about coeliac disease. Seriously, how do you not get this?
3. The fact that a gluten-free Christmas pudding went through was still ruined by Stacie’s comments about how she thought it would taste like a “boiled bullet”. Talking shit about food you know nothing about is really not in the spirit of anyone who considers themselves a foodie.
4. Since you clearly don’t consider yourself in the wrong or that a clarification at the beginning of the next episode is necessary, thousands of people will go away from your programme, a little more convinced that gluten-free is a fad. Thanks for that.