London, Mar 13 (UNI) Every day he used his art to produce delicacies for others-- chicken with a mango salad, skewered king prawns, handmade pasta and pizza-- but never tasted his own results of labour for he was suffering from food phobia.
Andrew Foster survived for 25 years by eating biscuits - and only biscuits.
''I used to get through two packets of biscuits a day. When I was 18 months old I stopped eating. Experts advised my mother to starve me as I'd eventually eat but the only thing I'd want was biscuits,'' the Daily Mail quoted the 27-year-old chef as saying.
As he grew up to become a chef, he had no choice but to rely on the verdict of his staff before sending dishes out to the customers.
''I'm a theory chef so I know what foods go together but would always get someone else in the kitchen to taste what I had created, he said, adding, ''I would think that smells delicious but the thought of tasting it would make me feel sick.'' With a daily intake largely made up of biscuits, the odd piece of toast, packet of crisps or bowl of cereal, he was missing out on nutrients.
''Along with the health issues, my diet was affecting every aspect of life, including socialising and work.'' ''With the help of a psychologist and nutritionist, he is now trying other foods and biscuits are now solely a treat. It's fantastic to be able to taste good food for once,'' he said.
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