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Gluten-Free Cooking Spree 2008

Last year I had the opportunity to participate in a cooking contest to promote awareness of celiac disease. As it happens, I was paired up with Chef Rock (he went on to win the TV cooking show “Hell’s Kitchen” and is apparently enjoying himself now in Las Vegas). CNN anchor Heidi Collins was one of the judges, and although our dish didn’t win (it should have! Who can resist shrimp and grits in a creole sauce? Is coriander encrusted skate really superior to that? No, I’m not bitter. He he.)

This year’s cooking spree is TONIGHT and I’m really excited. I’ve been paired with a chef from Cafe Atlantico, one of my favorite restaurants in Washington, DC. Many thanks to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness for organizing the event. It may be televised (on a channel with a really high number I think), so keep an eye out for Dr. Val and her desperate efforts to take home first prize for all the people out there suffering from gluten intolerance!

Not sure what celiac disease is? Most docs don’t know either – so check out my interview with world-renowned gastroenterologist, Dr. Brian Fennerty, for more information.

I’ll let you know if we win – of if we just have a really good time!

This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at

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2 Responses to “Gluten-Free Cooking Spree 2008”

  1. PearlsAndDreams says:

    anxiously awaiting results!!!

  2. ValJonesMD says:

    Unfortunately, our team didn’t win… but we had a guest pastry chef from Revolution Health come in and adorn our dish with an amazing isomalt sculpture!

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