Should the Food Industry Separate the Accomplishments of Female Chefs Because They're Women?
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Last month, following the announcement of this year's 50 Best Female Chefs In The World, celebu-chef Eric Ripert, via Twitter, resurrected a question that's been brought up in the culinary world many times before: Should the food industry separate the accomplishments of female chefs because they're women?
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I asked Valley chefs and restaurateurs (male and female) for their thoughts on this ongoing debate and this is what they had to say:
Absolutely not! We are not looking for set-asides, carve-outs, or feel-good accolades. It demeans the work, the person, and the accomplishment. Chefs, like achievers in any other field, should be recognized for their achievements alone.
If they primarily deal with men in the kitchen, then, yes, they definitely deserve to have their accomplishments singled out. We're not the easiest bunch to get along with.
No. It's a tough road for all female chefs, but it's an equally tough road for many male chefs. Both sexes share the flames and the fight for the light. In essence, they both burn accomplishments as one in the culinary scene. There are a ton of hot chefs out there, both female and male, that no one ever hears of.
Accomplishments are accomplishments. No need to point out that the chef is a female. Now, being a female in a man's world -- that's another story. I have tons of [those stories] -- saving them for the book. The bottom line is, if you're a badass, it doesn't matter. Your taste buds don't care about the gender of the chef. Really.