Chef calls out customers who lie about allergies in controversial Instagram post

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    Chef calls out customers who lie about allergies in controversial Instagram post
    (Picture: Instagram/patrickfriesen)

    A chef has taken to Instagram to call out customers ‘who aren’t honest about what they can eat’ when ordering food at his restaurant.

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    Patrick Friesen posted a photo of a number of receipts consisting of a number of allergy warnings.

    While as a chef, he’s used to allergy warnings, he was getting rather annoyed at the fact that some customers had insisted they had a shellfish allergy but had gone on to order oyster sauce, while others said they were gluten-free despite only avoiding bread.

    The caption to Patrick’s photo read: ‘Can people with dietary requirements start knowing what you can and can’t eat?

    ‘Shellfish allergy but loves oyster sauce. Gluten free but loves gluten as long as it’s not a piece of bread.

    ‘Vegetarians that love a chicken wing. Pescatarians who eat chicken. Sort your sh*t out and let your waiter know.

    ‘You make it really damn hard for people with actual allergies and dietaries to go out to eat.’

    Patrick’s post has received nearly 2,000 likes but has appeared to be quite controversial, as the replies to the photo are very mixed.

    One parent of a child with a rare allergy thanked Patrick for his post:

    ‘Excellent post,’ he wrote.

    ‘My son has a rare chicken allergy (along with a long list of other food allergies) and most restaurants are amazing and believe us.

    ‘Thanks to jerks that lie people hesitate to believe us.

    ‘Even his allergist was sceptical until his scratch test results. The chicken blew up his entire back, the test was no good and we almost had to use an epi pen over a tiny scratch. Thank you for your post.’

    Another with Celiac disease said: ‘As a celiac and someone who gets very sick from eating gluten, it’s frustrating when people pretend – gluten allergy but okay with soy sauce? That’s not right. It makes it difficult to eat out sometimes because people don’t take you seriously, even though for me it is serious.’

    However, one person told Patrick to ‘stop complaining’, explaining that not all issues require a restriction on one type of food.

    They wrote: ‘My mom has Lupus and she is on a strict diet that has been working for her. No, she doesn’t have the same reaction with gluten as a person who has celiac disease, but it causes her stomach to blow up and other side effects.

    ‘Don’t be so judgmental people and that goes for you so-called chef! She barely eats outside! So, stop complaining about your job, carry it on and do the best as you can! If you need to go that extra mile, do it or quit!’

    While another explained that some allergies can be incredibly varied: ‘You can be allergic to one type of shellfish, some types of shellfish, or all types of shellfish. I’m allergic to scallops and shrimp, but I can safely eat all other crustaceans and mollusks.’

    While Patrick is yet to reply to his comments, it seems he is standing by his opinion as he has since shared a number of other posts.

    We have however, reached out to Patrick to speak further on his frustration with false allergy warnings.

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