Samantha can’t eat food. She has eosinophils of the esophagus (EoE), an autoimmune disorder which is caused by severe sensitization to multiple food allergens.
Why would someone who can’t eat want to be a chef?
“It makes me feel part of meal time. Even though I can’t eat, I can cook and be a part of everyone. Seeing them enjoy something I have cooked is enough to fill the void of life without food.” – Samantha Pecoraro
Samantha has a dream- a dream to see her favorite Iron Chefs cook something with people like her in mind. She’s written a petition to ask Food Network to create an Iron Chef America episode unlike any that has aired before- instead of giving the chef an ingredient, the chefs would have ingredients taken away. Specifically, the most allergenic foods would be forbidden in the Iron Chef America kitchen.
Are the Iron Chefs up to the challenge- a challenge moms with allergic kids tackle every day? Is allergy free cooking- milk, soy, eggs, wheat, nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, and corn.- just too hard for the Iron Chefs?
No! Those chefs are amazing. They can cook anything and make it awesome. Limitations foster creativity, and I know the Iron Chefs are up to the challenge. They’re IRON CHEFS! They don’t back down from a challenge. They are the Chuck Norris of the kitchen.”
And Alton Brown’s commentary for the allergy show would be epic- and would educate the public about life threatening food allergies.
Let’s help Samantha get her dream and fill the void. Will you join with me to publicly ask Food Network to do an Allergy Challenge?
Here’s what you can do:
Sign the petition at Change.org - let’s get her over 1000 signatures!
Share this on Facebook and get the word out.
Tweet, ReTweet, Stumble, Facebook, Pin to Pinterest- let’s get the word out about the amazing 15 year old aspiring chef and her dream of an Iron Chef for people with her disability!
Sound off in the comments! Give your recipe ideas to the Iron Chefs. Tell how you deal with food allergies with your kids. Did FoodNetwork or anyone respond to you? TELL ME!