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The fine foodie: Gluten-free and veggie chef

PUBLISHED: 17:46 09 June 2014 | UPDATED: 17:46 09 June 2014

Chef Martin Burke's nutty pie

Chef Martin Burke's nutty pie


Sharon Struckman finds a chef with a passion for making delicious gluten free dishes

While on my foodie travels around the county, I came across chef Martin Burke at Hitchin Farmers’ Market. With a desire for cooking healthy, mouth-watering food, Martin has a passion for quality and loves to prepare a wide variety of dishes from many parts of the world. What caught my eye was his gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan food.

Today, many people suffer from a medical condition called coeliac disease, which requires them to have a gluten-free diet that excludes the protein composite found in wheat. Finding a chef who can offer superb-tasting gluten-free treats was a delight. The secret to making gluten-free recipes with soul is imagination, and Martin has an abundance of it!

He makes a really tasty root veggie pie, falafel eggs and a delicious vegan nutty nut pie (to name a few) made using a pastry containing vegan margarine and filled with an array of nuts, veggies, herbs and spices.

I invited a friend of mine who is a coeliac to help me test Martin’s lip-smacking treats and we both thought his gluten-free street food was scrumptious. My favourite was the goat’s cheese and caramelised onion tart, made using cheese sourced from Hitchin supplier Wobbly Bottom Farm.

Martin also provides a service that caters to individual desires and budgets. You can find him at Hitchin Farmers’ Market, which takes place on the last Saturday of every month. Find out more at


>>>Sharon Struckman is a food blogger and photographer at


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