Life StoryApril/May 2010 Issue

Cooking Allergy-Free for a Change

Tessa Nguyen, hard at work in class at
Johnson & Wales University.

Cooking Allergy-Free for a Change

A nut-allergic student hungers to become a special-diet chef

Nguyen [pronounced NOO-yin] is severely allergic to tree nuts and her younger brother, Conrad, is highly allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, dairy and eggs. Growing up surrounded by these serious allergies gave Nguyen an insider’s understanding of special dietary needs. Now she wants to advance her cooking skills to become a personal chef for families just like hers.

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