Changing with the Times

Changing with the Times

Changing With The Times

Recreating traditional recipes


The ACF Allergy chefs focus in developing recipes that eliminate gluten from traditional recipes, among the other top eight food allergens. They work passionately to accommodate to the food choices of all people. No one diet fits all, and food allergies can’t be cured. Moved by this, Joel Schaefer, CCC, and Mary Schaefer, CEPC, journey through riding classic recipes of the top eight allergens.

The Big-8 Allergens:






Food allergies are on the rise.


  • The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reports that the prevalence of food allergy in children increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.
  • Between 1997 and 2008, the prevalence of peanut or tree nut allergy appears to have more than tripled in U.S. children, according to FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education).

This is why a team of ACF Allergen Chefs are making adjustments to recipes that have existed since the late 18th century.

“If we are going to move forward, we need to understand the past,” explains Chef Ferran Adria.

The journey to redefine the mother sauces all started with Espagnole, a basic brown sauce originating in France, created by Auguste Escoffier, who is known for refining and simplifying the old, complicated, time-consuming and expensive method. His classic sauce has stood the test of time and is still a driving force in today’s culinary cuisine. It seemed like the ideal recipe to begin a new revolution of allergen-free foods.

The ACF Allergy Chefs have removed wheat and dairy from the recipe and renamed the sauce “Brown Gravy.” It’s fit for everyone to enjoy, no matter the diet or time of year. Sauce Chasseur is the perfect sauce to serve with rabbit, venison, and wild fowl but is also great on beef, pork or chicken.

Recipes free of the top 8 allergens:

Espagnole Sauce
Cauliflower Steak with mushroom peppercorn sauce
Mashed potatoes
Breaded Turkey Cutlets

Are you inspired by this new movement to find balance between innovation and consistency in your recipes? You can view the original article, which includes the Chef’s recipes for Chasseur Sauce, top eight allergen free, here: