PIE-TRY TIME: Mark Hobbs of Beefy’s Pies has developed a gluten-free pie because his son Michael,13, has coeliac disease.
PIE-TRY TIME: Mark Hobbs of Beefy’s Pies has developed a gluten-free pie because his son Michael,13, has coeliac disease. Warren Lynam

Michael’s now free to put the bite into one of dad’s pies

IMAGINE having an award- winning pieman as a father but never being able to sample his works?

That has been the life for Michael Hobbs, son of Beefy's Pies owner Mark Hobbs, for the past 10 years.

Michael, 13, was diagnosed with coeliac disease when he was three years old.

With coeliac disease, the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats, causing small bowel damage.

It inspired Mr Hobbs to create a new product - gluten free signature steak pie.

It was released this month and has recently been endorsed by Coeliac Australia.

"We wanted Michael to feel 'normal' in his own home, so we made it a rule that we would all support him by going gluten-free each dinner time, which meant no Beefy's Pie nights," Mr Hobbs said.

"One of the biggest problems that you face when you or a loved one is first diagnosed with the disease is that you tend to focus on what you can't eat.

"And eating out or buying takeaway food is a particularly challenging time for the whole family."

IT'S PIE TIME

You can now buy gluten free...

  • Gravy
  • Soy sauce
  • Pizza base
  • Popcorn
  • Liquorice
  • Chewing gum
  • Chicken nuggets

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