Chow Bella

Should the Food Industry Separate the Accomplishments of Female Chefs Because They're Women?

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Gina Buskirk Chef and Owner, Gina's Homemade

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.

Josh Hebert Chef and Owner, Posh

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.

Michael O'Dowd Chef and Owner, Renegade MOD

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.

Silvana Salcido Esparza Chef and owner, Barrio Cafe and Barrio Queen

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.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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