Have you ever wondered about the chef behind Feel Good Foods? Those delicious gluten-free dumplings and egg rolls didn’t magically appear on their own. In fact, they took years of hard work to perfect. Chef Tryg recently sat down with freelance journalist Linda Zhang. She asked Tryg about his love for all things gluten-free, including Chef Tryg’s dumplings and egg rolls. We have shared her interview below.
By: Linda Zhang
Chef Tryg, Feel Good Foods co-founder, started cooking gluten-free when his wife Vanessa, Feel Good Foods other co-founder, challenged him to the test. Vanessa was on a gluten-free diet due to celiac and had missed Chinese food terribly. Based on Vanessa’s longing for her favorite Asian foods, Tryg developed a first-of-its-kind gluten-free dumpling recipe. And let’s just say, it was love at first bite. From there he went on to create the first-of-its-kind gluten-free egg rolls. After Vanessa tasted Chef Tryg’s creations she decided these recipes needed to be shared with the rest of the world. Below is an interview with Chef Tryg on his background, cooking for Vanessa and his future hopes for Feel Good Foods.
Question: Did you know from an early age that you wanted to be a chef?
Chef Tryg: Most of my childhood memories centered on food. My mom was an incredible home cook and a early culinary influence. I also grew up on a dairy farm in Central Florida so I developed at an early age an appreciation for the origins of food and culinary arts.
Question: Where did you get your training?
Chef Tryg: I graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in New York and gained experience working in many New York restaurants including Nobu and Spice Market. I also had a love for Asian cusine and when I met Vanessa I was instantly passionate about cooking gluten-free Asian food.
Question: Had you ever cooked gluten-free before meeting Vanessa?
Chef Tryg: Truthfully, I didn’t know much about cooking without gluten, prior to meeting Vanessa. I knew fundamentally what gluten was, but that was about it. When I met Vanessa and she explained all the foods she had to avoid I was immediately up for the challenge. As a chef, I want people to be able to enjoy food, despite their dietary restrictions. So I was eager to bring her some of her favorite foods in a gluten-free version.
Question: Do you eat Feel Good Foods gluten-free dumplings and egg rolls?
Chef Tryg: Yes! All the time. I always keep a stock pile in my freezer and both Vanessa and I eat them at home. They are great for lazy nights as well as an appetizer for when we have friends over. I tend to be very picky with gluten-free food and have traveled throughout Asia and worked at very high end Asian restaurants. So, I have enjoyed delicious dim sum in my day. I think the gluten-free dumplings and egg rolls taste as good as the real thing.
Question: What is the best part about your job?
Chef Tryg: That’s an easy answer! Being able to prepare the foods my wife misses is such a gratifying feeling. Her requests always keep me on my toes and watching her eat with a smile is very rewarding.
Question: Are there plans for future products?
Chef Tryg: I have several other gluten-free dishes in the works.