March 30, 2011

Controversial Facebook Post by Chef Damian Cardone

Damian Cardone is a self described executive chef. He has worked at multiple eating establishments including Sopris Chalet, Restaurant, Aspen, Co Tavern on the Green N.Y.C and Florindo's Italian Cuisine in Glenwood Colorado. He left his job at Florindo's March 15th 2011.


 Mr. Cardone's Facebook bio claims that he has appeared on Regis and Kelli, Project Runway, and numerous PBS segments. It also goes on to make claim that he has personally cooked for celebrities including, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, and Sigourney Weaver. 

He made the alarming post below about Gluten Free Food on  His Facebook Page recently. 
***UPDATE*** It looks as though Damian has deleted his FB page.Probably due to overwhelming outrage. I will keep the link up in case he changes his mind. 


This shameful chef takes another shot with this piece of gold "May god help the Liberal hippie idiot whos going to ask for gluten free pasta this weekend"  he goes on to insult other customers and his boss!







Clearly Damian Cardone is ignorant to many things, not just Celiac Disease. I can't begin to understand his reason for doing this let alone the point of it all. It's malicious and frankly it scares me. I find myself wondering about times I have had a reaction after eating in a restaurant. Was it a mistake by someone who didn't know any better? Was it intentional by someone like Mr. Cardone? Is this a common issue that we clearly do not know much about?  So many questions!!!

 I will be honest with you, there is a restaurant in my city that I will not go to anymore. They have a Gluten Free menu but almost every time I have been there, the server has told me that the chef says my order (from the GF menu) is not Gluten Free. I have been in touch with the establishments head office about this. They said the items on the GF menu are indeed all Gluten Free! They even e-mailed me ingredient listings. This makes me wonder...did the chef just not want to prepare my food carefully and separately? Really makes you think.


File a complaint with Colorado Department of Law Attorney Generals Office Here.

Further discussion of this matter can be found at   Celiac.com. (where I first read about this controversey)

 Thank you to everyone who is helping to spread the word about this very important issue.




***UPDATE*** Here is an article published Thursday March 31st 2011 on the subject. Glenwood Springs Post Independant.
The article states that Mr. Cardone was a waiter at Florindo's......still there are many opportunities for him to intentionally cause harm to diners.







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