Patient Leader

I am a professional recipe developer, television chef, magazine founder and editor-in-chief, freelance writer and cookbook author. I cook. I write. I travel. And I do it all gluten-free! When I first found out that I was gluten-intolerant more than 20 years ago, I was taken aback. I wondered how I could live without the gluten-filled cereals, pastas and breads that made up so much of my diet. Added to the sense of frustration was the fact that half my family was gluten-intolerant and half not. I needed to be able to prepare meals that everyone would enjoy. It was then that I decided to look at the world of food not in terms of what I can’t eat but what I CAN EAT. I looked to food itself for inspiration. I discovered a whole beautiful, abundant world of gluten-free food. I started to create dishes that would not only keep my body from being ill but that were delicious and aesthetic as well. As my love for recipe development grew, I decided to share what I’d learned with the rest of the world. Thus, Simply Gluten Free was born in 2007. I created the website to share, teach, and inspire those living with gluten sensitivity or other food sensitivities to live happier, healthier lives. I then created Simply Gluten Free magazine in 2012 so readers could have a beautiful, full lifestyle magazine dedicated to gluten and allergen free living. Throughout my career, I have been deeply involved in bringing awareness to gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. I attend gluten free expos; give presentations and discussions to consumers, business owners, and gluten free product manufacturers; interact with my website and magazine readers; and discuss current gluten free trends and issues on my own platforms and in other publications. And as the founder and editor-in-chief of Simply Gluten Free magazine, I’m proud to say that the magazine has not just gained the attention of those living with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, but has earned a place alongside many well-known, mainstream magazines with its recent win of “Hottest Launches of the Year” award by MIN in 2013. This says a lot for the gluten free community – it says that awareness is growing and people understand that gluten free is not some fad diet. And it says that the gluten free community is committed to living happy, healthy, deliciously gluten free lives!


Best in Show: Blog Health Activist Hero Best Team Performance Patient Leader Hero

After leading in the gluten free health movement for over 8 years, Kicinski started the magazine, Simply Gluten Free (just awarded "Hottest Launch of 2013" by MIN) and on a daily basis provides recipes, tips and lifestyle guidance as she is read by over 150,000 people monthly and visited by over 165,000 people monthly on her website and viewed by over 2.3 million on her monthly gluten free TV episodes on Daytime TV. No auto-responders - she reads all email and answers many everyday. She is truly interested in bettering people's lives.  — Thom


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