Want to See a Gluten Free Show/Chef on the Food Network?

Me too!!

On Twitter the other day I caught a tweet from @GopherStudyBlue “@FoodNetwork needs a show on a quickly growing niche: gluten-free and alternative baking/cooking. #foodie #foodnetwork #glutenfree”

In non-Twitter speak, this translates to “The Food Network should capitalize on the quickly growing, and becoming more popular, gluten free community that would love to see a show dedicated to gluten free baking and cooking.”

I re-tweeted that comment and sent it back out into the Twitter world.

My friend Amanda at Gluten Free Maui was then very kind, and sent me the email which she had already forwarded along to the folks at the Food Network.

Here’s the Deal:

I’m giving the template below that was so kindly provided by Amanda, as well as what I submitted.  You can use one of those, and tweak it to your liking, or come up with your own.  Then, click here to go to the Food Network contact page and fill in your information, and the message.

Amanda’s template:

“In this time when we know that 1 in 133 people have celiac disease, and even
more have gluten intolerance, it is important to acknowledge a need for cooking
shows focused on gluten free cooking and baking. Many people are lost and
confused after receiving a diagnosis of celiac disease. They don’t know what
they’re going to eat, and they are scared and lonely. While there are many blogs
on this subject, Food Network is a culinary force in our society. Many people
look to Food Network for ideas when they are first learning to cook, when they
want to eat healthier, and when they want to impress others with their culinary
prowess.
Please support those who supported Food Network for so long before beginning the
gluten free diet, by providing at least one cooking or baking show focusing on
the gluten free diet.

Thank you!”

And here’s what I wrote:

“Hello!
As the “one” in the 1 in 130 individuals with Celiac Disease, I write in hope that we will see a new, gluten free focused cooking show on your network.
Beyond the over 3 million Americans with Celiac Disease, there are countless others with gluten intolerance and other conditions that cause them to choose a gluten free lifestyle.  Awareness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance is rising exponentially.  The gluten free food and beverage market is estimated to be growing an average of 28% annually since 2004.
Living gluten free, whether for serious health reasons such as celiac disease, or by choice, is a challenge at the best of times.  The Food Network has become a household staple and is a huge force in the food and cooking industry.  You would be helping home cooks learn to cook gluten free, and also increasing awareness into the restaurant and manufacturing sectors as well.
I hope to see a gluten free cooking show in the near future.  The gluten free community is very vocal and active, and would welcome and promote any attention you can give to this matter.  I know a gluten free show would be extremely well received.
I thank you for your time, and wish you good health and good food.
Erin Elberson”

Feel free to use those as ideas.  Please forward this post along-tweet it, facebook it, link to it…whatever. Let’s work together as a community and get our voices heard.

Not nearly as cool as being on the Food Network, but the Gluten Free and Fit 101 page has been updated with a new free “5 Tips” report.

And the free (gluten free!) nutrition guide was recently updated too.  If you don’t already have it, you can get it here.

Now go send those emails!  And use those cute little icons at the bottom of the post to Tweet/Facebook/email this around.

Let’s see what happens…fingers and toes crossed!

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  1. Brenna says:

    I was thinking the exact same thing just the other day when I was watching The Next Food Network Star! It would be so AMAZING and helpful to have a gluten-free Food Network show!

  2. Erin says:

    Hi Brenna!
    I agree-it would be totally cool! Let’s hope all our emails and tweets are helping our cause!

  3. Pam Jacob says:

    I just sent a note to the food network about having a show totally dedicated to gluten free/dairy etc. free. This a growing problem for many people.

  4. Erin says:

    Thank you Pam! I agree-I have a feeling we are moving closer to seeing such a show.

  5. Zee says:

    I am just wondering if you guys have gotten any response… I’m not allergic to gluten personally but my sister is… And since I love food network and I love my sister of course I was looking to see if they had any gluten-free recipes … Unfortunately I found only few… So I’m totally with guys and I’m praying that one day they will have a show dedicated for gluten-free recipes

  6. Jon Paul says:

    The Food Channels won’t add a Gluten-Free show to their schedule because they could potentially lose food sponsors that advertise on their channel. As usual it’s more about money then health and need.

  7. Lindsey says:

    I would LOVE to see a gluten-free, or allergy/intolerance-related show. Unfortunately, I have to agree with Jon Paul. When it comes to money for big networks advertisers will always win.

    One thing that MAY have more traction is a web show. For example, Nadia G’s B*tchin’ Kitchen now on the Cooking Channel started out as webisodes.

  8. Erin says:

    Lindsey,

    I think you are absolutely right. If someone could start a show and demonstrate viewership, that would be awesome. I love Nadia G! I think you should do it ;)

  9. Casey says:

    I have been inspired myself to bake ,bakegoods gluten free and things made without dairy for my bakery.I feel you should do what you feel inspired to do and push forward.Make a cooking video and send it to food network to help your cause.Good luck.Erin

  10. Josh says:

    there is a new gluten free chef in town and her name is Jaquy Yngvason better known as The Salsa Viking, or The Gluten Free guru. Check out her show in Youtube, it just launched!
    Just type in “salsa viking calamari ceviche” she is going to change the world of gluten free, dairy free, and egg free food…

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