Why Are There No Great Women Chefs?

In a recent discussion among friends, I mentioned the tyranny of the kitchen, how women are bound and kept occupied by always being in charge of food, the shopping, the prepping, the planning, the dieting. If you care for others you may even find yourself judged by what you prepare for them. This is another form of forced socialization of women and another opportunity to scrutinize and criticize women, mothers, especially.

Then a friend wisely pointed out how men seem to dominate professional cooking while women’s culinary talent is restricted to the home and thus ignored.

So I did some digging and I came upon this excellent piece by Charlotte Druckman for Gastronomica, February 5, 2010 which offers insightful analysis of the way chefs are portrayed regarding their sex.


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