Chefs Joel and Mary Schaefer

Our Journey: From Walt Disney World to Your Allergy Chefs In Joel’s role as Culinary Development and Special Dietary Needs Manager for Walt Disney World Resort, he was responsible for developing the food allergy and special diets program for Disney properties worldwide and Disney Cruise Line. Having been a chef and culinary instructor, Joel was the ideal expert for this position. He has lived with milk and gluten sensitivities since his teens. Mary has been in pastry most of her life. In fact, she was pastry chef at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for ten years. Imagine her surprise when three years ago she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. She had to immediately give up gluten and dairy. Mary was also diagnosed with soy, peanut, and almond intolerances and shrimp and scallop allergies.