Time Out has a thoughtful article about why the media gives short shrift to lady chefs. Only 10 percent of the countrys executive-level chef positions are held by women, due in part to a clubby atmosphere that, in the past, has caused cooks like Amanda Cohen to be passed over for promotions (Cohen now employs three female cooks at Dirt Candy). Donatella Arpaia posits that women often arent publicity hounds (though that hasnt stopped Arpaia from being all over the pages of Grub Street), and they usually work at easily overlooked mom-and-pop joints rather than the Spotted Pigs or the Butters (those two, of course, being exceptions). And its true we certainly havent heard much about the female cooks that Jean Adamson works with at Vinegar Hill House, for instance.
Let's hope the tide will turn, just as it has begun to with female sommeliers indeed it already has, as evidenced by a recent Better.tv segment introducing us to At Vermilions strong, beautiful Indian female chef, Maneet Chauhan. Then again, what the hell is Better.tv? Its worth asking why Chef Chauhan hasnt gotten the attention owner Rohini Dey has. Incidentally, though Deys looks are mentioned in nearly every article about her (shes been called beautiful as a Bollywood star, among other things), the restaurant industry seems to be the one place where men are celebrated as sex symbols more than women are. Were assuming female chefs qualified for Eaters ridiculous hottest chef competition, and yet all 44 of the finalists were men. Not that we need or even want a hottest female chef competition!
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