Coeliac Awareness Week 2017


Press Release


Immediate Issue: Monday 8th May 2017




Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, is asking the public to take part in the Gluten-free Challenge for one week from 9th May – 15th May 2017.  The Challenge aims to raise awareness of the daily frustrations encountered by the 1 in 100 people in the UK who have coeliac disease.


The Charity is encouraging the nation to take up the Gluten-Free Chinese Challenge and to shop, cook or eat out completely gluten-free. Everyone who signs up will receive a FREE gluten-free Chinese recipe and information about the gluten-free online cookery school


Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by intolerence to gluten. There is no cure and no medication and the only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet for life. Left untreated it can lead to infertility, osteoporosis and bowel cancer. The average diagnosis is 13 years with many people being initially misdiagnosed with IBS.


Gluten is a protein found in many Chinese dishes which have wheat, barley and rye and is also found in bread, pasta, pizza, cakes and beer etc. However, it is also often used in a wide range of products including mayonnaise, soy sauce, sauces, sausages and many processed goods.


Sarah Sleet, Chief  Executive of  Coeliac UK said: “Many people may have struggled for years to get diagnosed with coeliac disease and are then faced with a complete change in diet and lifestyle. For them it is not a matter of choice or a faddy diet, it is essential.  Many people have on average struggled to eat Chinese from their local takeaways or restaurants due to cross contamination issues and lack of awareness. Everyday foods in the shops, or dishes in restaurants, can be gluten-free with some simple recipe changes and so eating gluten-free could and should be easy. However, there is still a lack of provision in many catering establishments. Better choice for people with coeliac disease means making simple changes to recipes and letting consumers know that their products will help them maintain their gluten-free diet.  This is a lucrative market and the catering industry needs to make more of it.”


Sarah Sleet adds: “I encourage you to experience the Chinese Gluten Free Cooking School for yourself.   You may be surprised by how easy it is to make some good some gluten-free dishes using the Sweet Mandarin and gluten free products are and how many naturally gluten-free dishes are on the menu.  But you may also be frustrated by the unnecessary limitations on the gluten-free diet.  By taking the lessons you will be doing your bit to help get the change that is needed.  Soon missing your favourite Chinese foods will be a thing of the past.”








There are a range of activities that people can get involved with including:


sign up to the online cooking school and dive in to your first free recipe



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invite friends to try your dishes you have made by following one of the lessons in the school.

go  out  for  dinner  with  friends  and  all  order  gluten-free  options  to  make  sure  that  eating establishments know about the demand for gluten-free food

schools can hold a gluten-free cook off and cook a gluten-free recipe in food technology classes


talk to your local restaurant and ask them to take up the by displaying information and providing gluten-free options on their menu

when you’re out shopping, check the back of packets to see how many items include gluten and choose the gluten-free options as well as visit for the entire range of products.

get sharing to all the groups to spread the word.



Further information about the Online cooking school which is a subscription basis to include 8 recipes and cooking tips, information on gluten-free products and what to look out for when shopping each month.



Things the media can do to help:


ask a journalist to take up a place on the for a whole week and keep a diary or blog of how they manage with shopping, cooking and the results of the dishes.

publish gluten-free Chinese recipes


interview a case study to find out what it is like having coeliac disease


run Top Ten Gluten-free Chinese Tips.



Notes to editors:


Coeliac disease is a serious illness where the body’s immune system reacts to gluten found in food, making

the body attack itself.

1 in 100 people in the UK has coeliac disease, however only 12.5% of these have been diagnosed and average length of diagnosis is 13 years.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat (including spelt), rye and barley. Some people are also sensitive to oats.

Obvious sources of gluten include breads, pastas, flours, cereals, cakes and biscuits. It is often used as an ingredient in many favourite foods such as fish fingers, sausages, gravies, sauces and soy sauce.

Coeliac UK is working closely with food industry to help the Free From market improve – look out for new product launches and ranges, which will increase the choice for people with coeliac disease.

The symptoms of coeliac disease range from mild to severe and can vary between individuals. Not everyone with coeliac disease experiences gut related symptoms; any area of the body can be affected.

Symptoms can include bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, wind, tiredness, anaemia, headaches,  mouth  ulcers,  recurrent  miscarriages,  weight  loss  (but  not  in  all  cases),  skin  problems,

depression, joint or bone pain and nerve problems.

Around 1200 newly diagnosed people are joining Coeliac UK every month.


Don’t ever miss eating Chinese food again. There 5 recipes will inspire you to make gluten free Chinese food at home again or you are always welcome at Sweet Mandarin restaurant in Manchester for a bite to eat.




We are excited to announce that Sweet Mandarin will be back on your TV screens, once again, for the new series of ‘The Best of British Takeaways’.

Stay tuned into the BBC2, at 7pm on the 21st March 2017, to see Sweet Mandarin’s very own Lisa Tse and Helen Tse competing to win the title for the Chinese takeaway category!

The Best of British Takeaways

Tom Kerridge and Cherry Healey celebrate the nation’s favourite takeaways and the history behind them in a brand new three-part series.
Delving behind Britain’s counters, we discover what it takes to make our takeaways and unwrap the rich multi-cultural history of our nation through our fast food.

Gluten-Free Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sweet Mandarin’s authentic Sweet and Sour sauce is gluten free and made with natural colourings.

Perfect to make gluten free Sweet and Sour Chicken, gluten free sweet and sour pork, gluten free sweet and sour chicken stir fry, gluten free sweet and sour chicken balls, gluten free sweet and sour chicken with egg fried rice, gluten free sweet and sour sauce, gluten free sweet and sour tofu, gluten free sweet and sour king prawns, gluten free sweet and sour fish, gluten free sweet and sour dipping sauce.

Gluten Free Sweet Chilli Sauce

Sweet Chilli Recipes Ideas

Sweet Mandarin gluten free Sweet chili sauce is a superb condiment for many dishes. It’s great in quick healthy stir fries, with shrimp or as a dip for finger foods. Sweet Mandarin Sweet chili sauce is also a great glaze on chicken, beef, pork, seafood and grilled vegetables.

Sweet Chilli Chicken Recipe

Sweet Chilli Chicken Noodle Recipe


Gluten Free Steak (Pie)

Want to learn how to make the perfect crust for your steak pie or even just make THE most perfect steak of your liking (well – medium – medium rare – rare)?

Join on Sweet Mandarin Gluten Free Chinese cookery course at Sweet Mandarin restaurant in Manchester.

Make that date night special with gluten free steak and for family night try the gluten free steak pie. Mama mia – Bon Apetito

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Gluten Free Breakfast

Start the day right with a breakfast. There are over 1000 breakfast recipes when you join the Sweet Mandarin Cookery School in Manchester. You will learn how to wake up early to make a quick, breakfast or a slow and leisurely breakfast to inspire you with flavours around the world.

Want to spoil your loved one wow them with a balanced breakfast that is gluten free.

Sample Breakfast recipes include:-

Cornflake Gluten Free French Toast

Baked Buckwheats Gluten Free with ginger beer bacon

Gluten Free Rice Burek

Gluten Free Chinese Porridge

Gluten Free Pancakes

Gluten Free Shakshuka

Gluten Free Blintzes

Gluten Free Apple pie in a jar

Gluten Free Avocado, Mango and Lime Smooth

Gluten Free Superberry and Fennel Smoothie


Want to learn all this just email for more info and quote BREAKFAST!

Gluten Free Spring Rolls

‘Sweet Mandarin’s Gluten Free Sweet and Sour Sauce or Gluten Free Sweet Chilli Sauce go so well with Gluten Free Spring Rolls.

Many students have had trouble with rice paper to make these gluten free spring rolls.

At Sweet Mandarin Cookery School we teach you have to use the rice paper, make your gluten free spring rolls, how to get them EXTRA crispy and how to cook them to perfection.

To learn more tips please book on the Sweet Mandarin Cookery School for the Gluten Free Chinese Cooking Lesson

Gluten Free Chinese Cookery Lessons – Sweet Mandarin

Lisa is the CEO and head chef of Sweet Mandarin an award winning Chinese restaurant and sought after cookery school in Manchester, which she set up in 2004. Sweet Mandarin offers authentic Chinese cuisine and exotic cocktails and opened to media acclaim being featured in numerous press stories including the Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Guardian, BBC Newsnight and as the cover story for Shanghai Daily. Lisa’s amazing story stems from being the third generation of women restauranteur. Lisa learnt how to cook and appreciate food from her mothe and grandmother – helping to make Chinese banquets and dim sum from the age of 11 years old.


The cookery school began as a partnership with a local catering college and extended to working with numerous local schools. Being the first Chinese restaurant in the North to open up the secrets of the wok, this initiative was immediately booked up by teachers and students – where they learn the history of Chinese food, how to make dim sum, stir fries and balance the ying yang of foods as well as how to budget. Lisa single handedly made home economics one of the most sought after curriculum options – and soon parents and teachers wanted to learn how to make dim sum. The Sweet Mandarin cookery school was born and now serves to teach the public how to cook good Chinese cuisine, dim sum and carve fruit origami. We also have a gluten free Chinese cooking course and Health is wealth cooking course.

For more information please email for prices, availability and details.