FARE honored Chef Ming Tsai with the lifetime achievement award for allergy awareness. The chefs from left to right are: Alain Sailhac, Alfred Portale, Ming Tsai, Drew Nieporent, Daniel Boulud. (Julie Skarratt Photography)
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Chef Ming Tsai remembers ordering a sandwich without bread for his then-3-year-old son David because the toddler was allergic to seven of the eight most common food allergens. Tsai approached the restaurant manager, a man in a suit and tie standing off to the side.
“He just looked at me and said, ‘We’d rather not serve him,'” Tsai said, adding that waiters and restaurant managers used to roll their eyes when he mentioned David’s food allergies. “Don’t open a restaurant if you don’t know what’s in your food. This is absurd.”
From that day on, Tsai made it his mission to promote allergy awareness. He developed an allergy safety system in his restaurant, Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass. He became the spokesman for the nonprofit Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (which recently merged with the Food Allergy Initiative to become FARE). He worked with the Massachusetts state legislature for five years on an allergy safety bill.
FARE honored Tsai with its lifetime achievement award at the Food Allergy Ball Monday night at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. more…