Coeliac-friendly tea room opens in Norwich’s All Saints Antiques Centre
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A cafe in Norwich city centre which caters for coeliacs is challenging locals to taste the difference between its regular cakes and gluten-free ones.
Kim Scott from Dereham, who owns All Saints Antiques & Collectables Tea Rooms, said: 'I believe that the cakes that I make are so nice that even people who aren't gluten intolerant can eat them.'
Kim, who has 40 years of experience working as a baker, uses gluten-free flour in all his cakes and prides himself on having perfected his recipes so they are indistinguishable from baked treats which contain wheat flour.
'The aim is that if three people come in as a family and one of them is coeliac we can cook stuff that everyone can eat,' the 57-year-old continued.
Kim gave the example of his full-English breakfasts, with gluten-free sausages, which means that a whole family can eat together without their gluten-intolerant relatives having to worry.
He added: 'It's also simple things like egg custard; there are some people who haven't had it for years, but we make it gluten-free.
'We also make mince pies with our own gluten-free mincemeat, which is suitable for vegetarians as well.'
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The cafe opened in June last year but it has been given a new lease of life since renovation work on the building was completed during the winter.
Kim started his trade in Gnoshall, Staffordshire, before training at the Birmingham College of Food and Domestic Arts.
His career has taken him to across the world, and he and his wife Mandy, 52, once worked as bakers in Fuerteventura, serving a taste of home to British ex-pats.
Unfortunately he was forced to rethink his trade when he was diagnosed with coeliac disease three years ago.
He said: 'It hit me hard because I used to produce some great sourdough, and when I became a coeliac it meant I couldn't even work closely with some kinds of flour.'
Coeliac UK estimates that 1 in 100 people are affected by Coeliac disease every year in the UK and Europe.