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Our Ambassador Stories

Inspirational Personal Stories

Thanks to our ambassadors who are helping us promote Coeliac Awareness Week annually. All of our ambassadors have coeliac disease, read their personal and inspirational stories here.

 

Jimmy Boswell
Chef 

Chef Jimmy Boswell is well known here in New Zealand and around the world as The Gluten Free Chef. He has spent years developing wonderful recipes that are gluten-free, yummy and easy to make. He released his first cookbook, The New Zealand Gluten-free Cookbook in 2015 which has been on bestselling lists and is still proving popular.

Jimmy is a real food chef and head chef at Te Waihou Bistro just of SH1 in Putaruru. He brings his understanding of safe kitchen operations to the bistro and it has become a destination for gluten-free people to dine with safety. As an allergy chef he also supports people wanting to dine with other allergies. Jimmy’s website, www.tasteofhome.co.nz has over 350 GF recipes that are family friendly and will impress family and friends.

Jimmy’s website, www.tasteofhome.co.nz has over 350 Gluten Free Recipes that are family friendly and will impress family and friends.

Esther Stephens

Actress

Esther is an actress and singer based in Melbourne. Esther did theatre work before landing the role of Olivia in kiwi TV comedy/drama Go Girls. Other TV credits include Underbelly New Zealand, House Husbands, WW1 mini series When We Go To War, and The Outrageous Fortune prequel, Westside. Read her story here.

 

Nicola Browne
Sportswoman

Nicola Browne, International cricketer, retired from cricket in 2010. Several months later Nicola returned to the field after being successful diagnostic with coeliac disease. Read her story here.


Sachie

Founder and Chef of Sachie's Kitchen

Originally from Aichi, Japan, Sachie arrived in NZ as a university student in the mid 1990's.  Sachie's dream is to pass on her passion for Asian culture and cuisine by demystifying the perceived complexity of Asian Cooking, making it easily replicated at home.  Sachie's Kitchen is Australasia's largest Asian cooking school and rated as NZ's number one cooking school. 


Robert Scott
Radio Host

Robert is a long-time favourite on The Breeze radio station. He and his son Sam have coeliac disease. He was diagnosed after experiencing chronic bloating and an upset stomach. Read his story here.


Dave Holder

Professional Rally Driver

The 28 year old,originally from Invercargill and now living in Tauranga has recently taken his rallying career international, competing with co-driver Jason Farmer in the M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta R2 in Europe.  Dave was diagnosed with coeliac disease five years ago with his mother also having been diagnosed.  There is no stopping this speed machine though with plenty of positives to take from their first international competition.

 


Fleur Pawsey
Athlete

Winner of the Coast-to-Coast 'Longest Day' World Championship race. She was diagnosed after going to donate blood and the finger prick revealed she was severely anaemic, which lead to positive tests for coeliac disease. Read her story here.


Charlotte Moss

Champion weightlifter

Charlotte was diagnosed at the age of 18 ten days before leaving for a weight lifting competition in New Caledonia.  Three years on, Charlotte is vastly more healthy and happy recently lifiging more than 150 per cent of her body weight!!  Diagnosis has helped her sports diet; she is never tempted by a piece of potentially fattening cake.


Rachel Foreman
Actress

Rachel has worked as an actress on Shortland Street and appeared in many theatre productions including Top Girls. She was diagnosed as being a coeliac after going off a gluten free diet and feeling very unwell. Read her story here.