Sudbury chef claims UK first

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AN award-winning chef has launched a new menu designed to help people with diabetes.

Chef patron of Sudbury's Boathouse Brasserie and Bar Paul Wharrier collaborated with df-Dining (diabetes-friendly dining) in a pilot scheme which enables diabetics to choose from a menu with the carbohydrate content of dishes calculated and listed.

The Boathouse is thought to be the first restaurant in the UK to offer this service, with starters, main courses and puddings having the carbohydrates in each dish listed in grams per serving, so diabetics can make informed choices according to individual needs. df-Dining was created by long-term diabetic Steve Turner, who intends working with more restaurants across the country to introduce the scheme.

He said: "I find eating out can sometimes be a problem when you don't know what the ingredients or amounts used are.

"I was very pleased Paul and the Boathouse Brasserie agreed to pilot a service I've developed with the support of a diabetes specialist nurse and dietician."

Paul added: "I first met Steve when he was a mystery diner here in January, and when he suggested doing a special menu for diabetics, I thought it was a great idea. The service he offers is very simple and we have written a great menu with some fabulous dishes to enjoy."

Jemma Edwards, care adviser at health charity Diabetes UK, said: "We advise people with diabetes to follow a healthy, balanced diet that is low in fat, salt and sugar, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, just like anyone else.

"A menu that lists the carbohydrate count of each meal could be beneficial to those with Type I diabetes, who are counting their carbohydrates in order to adjust their insulin injections accordingly."