by Jess Smith
Sisters Katherine Durio and Sarah Ormande-Smith are the co-owners of Oscar & Bentley’s, a 100% gluten-free restaurant.
The siblings decided to set up the business after their mother was diagnosed as a celiac sufferer.
The autoimmune disease is a condition where a sufferer can’t process any nutrients from food containing gluten as it damages the inside lining of the stomach and the intestines.
It’s a lifelong condition for which there is no known cure.
‘Nowhere would supply anything or had any understanding of the disease’
“We wanted to take our mum out for Mother’s Day,” Katherine said.
“We wanted to take her out for treats and a nice lunch but we couldn’t do it. Nowhere would supply anything or had any understanding of the disease.“
“We couldn’t find anywhere to take her to so we ended up building a restaurant ourselves.”
The restaurant has proved so popular with the public that the sisters are looking to expand next year.
The FreeFrom Eating Out Awards recognise restaurants that make a marked effort to cater for people with allergies and the sisters are hoping to take home the win.
“Of course we’d love to win but even if we don’t it’s great to be recognised for what we do. We’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.”
TV chef Anthony Worrall Thompson will host the London final on November 18.