The New Superfood: Gluten Free Flours, Celebrity Chef’s Health Issue Cooking Up Big Business
Chef Jen Peters has made it possible for those with gluten intolerance to safely indulge in delicious homemade bread, pasta, and pancakes; battered chicken, fish, and tempura; and even vanilla bean cake using her artisan gluten-free flour blends.
Chef Jen was a protégé of Chef Bruno Marti (the beloved godfather of fine dining cuisine in Canada), and worked and trained in Michelin-starred restaurants, where she created culinary masterpieces for others to enjoy even as she suffered the horrible effects of Celiac disease that went undiagnosed for 20 years.
With the answer she finally needed, she began researching and creating a line of gluten-free, all-purpose baking blends that would allow her to continue making popular kitchen staples like bread, pasta and pastries without sacrificing taste or texture, or settling for low-quality alternatives.
In 2012, Chef Jen finally perfected her recipe and founded Nextjen Gluten-Free with her partner (and husband), Chef Hamid Salimian, who has built a reputation as a “chef’s chef”, winning the respect of his peers for his eye for detail, insistence on quality, and his commitment to mentoring the next generation of chefs. As the co-founder of the company, Chef Hamid is also its food photographer. He acts as a culinary consultant for national brands such as Earls Kitchen + Bar, and shares his knowledge and expertise with a new generation of chefs as an instructor in the VCC Culinary Arts program.
In 2021, the husband and wife duo teamed up with Matthew Clayton and rebranded the company as The Good Flour Company. Today, their products are used in more than 70 restaurants nationwide and are available for retail purchase online. The Good Flour Company’s gluten-free products are also GMO-free, allergen-free, and contain ingredients with the highest nutritional content available.
For more information, please visit www.goodflour.co.