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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

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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 chefmartinburke.co.uk

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>>>Sharon Struckman is a food blogger and photographer at whatishootieat.co.uk

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