Coeliac Awareness Week: How Jane Devonshire made gluten-free eating accessible to everyone

The chef talks to Emily Goddard about her life-changing ‘MasterChef’ win, the importance of the coeliac disease community and why a mother’s instinct is rarely wrong

Friday 08 May 2020 12:22
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Devonshire struggled to get a diagnosis for her youngest child
Devonshire struggled to get a diagnosis for her youngest child

Retreating from the abject tragedy and physical threat of the coronavirus pandemic is all but a dream for most, wherever in the world they might live.

For some, the lockdown has offered a rare chance for reflection and time spent with loved ones. Even if that does sometimes involve playing referee to bored teens driven to squabbling, Jane Devonshire feels fortunate.

The chef’s family are safe and well, and there is palpably little else more important to her. “It’s a horrible situation, but I feel incredibly lucky,” she says. “Where we are in Hampshire, we’re shielded from the worst of it, we’ve got a nice garden and we can walk out into beautiful bluebell woods. I speak to my parents in London and it’s a different story.”

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