Greetings! A little background, first.
My name is Jen Mattson and I am the personal chef behind The Grateful Kitchen.
The Grateful Kitchen was established in 2008 with the simple mission to create and cook for those following a gluten-free, casein-free diet.
In 2007, our daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. After being told that there was "nothing we could do" by the neurologist, my husband and I turned to online parent groups for ideas. We learned that many children on the autism spectrum respond to a gluten-free, dairy-free diet. We felt like we had nothing to lose, so we gave it a shot.
It was a daunting challenge, to say the least. Here I was cooking for weddings with 350 guests, yet I was challenged to cook for my own daughter. There was so much confusion-how to work with the flours, what dishes could be translated into GFCF meals, and so on. But as a chef, I had no excuse. I got to work.
Two years later, she is a healthy and happy five year old, doing well and loving life. I guard her diet the way I guard her. I am convinced that food has the power to heal. For that, I am grateful.