Posted by Vicky on | April 5, 2011 | No Comments
I feel that I cannot emphasize enough that we as parents were allowed the luxury of relaxing on this holiday, purely because of Chef Severin. It was due to his understanding, and his diligence when it came to food safety that allowed us to actually have a break. Speaking as someone who has been incredibly weary of going on holiday, out of fear for CJ’s health, Chef Severin I really can not thank you enough. You made our holiday. Thank you!
Chef Severin Huerlimann from The Westin Langkawi was kind enough to do a quick Q&A for www.sneezywheezy.com
1. Have you catered for many families with food allergies?
So far in my 13 years working as a chef, I come across many food allergies, however I have to say, that CJ has some of the most severe food allergies that I have catered around.
2. What are your words of wisdom when it comes to advising Chefs about food allergies?
As soon as a Chef caters for a Guest with a food allergy, he has to be 100% sure of the products he can and cannot use. In this case, product knowledge is very crucial. Always follow the exact instructions that are given by the Guest. Any uncertainty is better to be addressed than to be taken for granted as it involves the health and in some cases the life of the Guest.
3. How do you help to ensure that parents of children with food allergies have a stress-free stay?
The most important thing is to meet the Guest straight away upon his/her arrival, to clarify the special needs that the Guest has. A designated chef should also take full responsibility for all the meal arrangements of the Guest throughout his/her stay. This is to avoid miscommunications.
4. Is there any aspect to catering for children that you particularly enjoy?
It is always a pleasure to cater for children. Once you cook a tasty meal for children they will thank you with a smile, happiness or as in my case receive a cute drawing from Boo (and the drawing has me in it). Also children are the most honest Guest’s. When they do not like something, they will voice it, without a doubt. Hence, to have a pleased young Guest would make any Chef’s day a great one!
5. What advice in terms of cooking, would you give to parents of children with food allergies?
First gather as much information as you can. I.e. read books, internet, share with other families and of course read your blog www.sneezywheezy.com! Then perhaps you may have to find a special supermarket, which has a greater variety of products (Gluten free etc.)
Never forget: The safety of your Child, and avoid taking risks as a single mistake could perhaps cause a lifetime of regret. Hence, it is best to invest your time with speaking to doctors, online researches and the use of every means possible to gather as much information as you can.