Yesterday, Eater spoke with Time editor Howard Chua-Eoan about the lack of women chefs in the magazine’s recent Gods of Food feature. Here now, New York chef Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy responds to[…]
[…]Mr. Chua-Eoan can’t get out into restaurants like us normal people and meet chefs on his own. Those of us with a lot of leisure time can swan about the city and look in kitchens and see all the women working there, or we can use our free time to go to their restaurants and eat their food. But poor Mr. Chua-Eoan is not so lucky. He has to meet chefs at special events which, as we all know, have their own problems inviting women. It’s a human centipede out there and instead of criticizing we should all just count ourselves lucky our mouths aren’t stitched to some event organizer’s anus.
[…]As Mr. Chua-Eoan says of the magical chart, which was put together by Aaron Arizpe: “It’s all men because men still take care of themselves. The women really need someone — if not men, themselves actually — to sort of take care of each other. “So see, women don’t take care of themselves or shave their legs enough or something, and they don’t have men doing it for them, so they’re not on the chart.
[…]Most importantly, Mr. Chua-Eoan is not some nerd who knows about things that happened in the past. As he says: “The female chef is a relatively recent phenomenon, except for Alice who has been around for a long time.” Let’s leave it at that, okay? The man is busy. He’s not some nitpicker who would know that Eugénie Brazier was the first chef in the world to have six Michelin stars way back in 1933, and that she trained Paul Bocuse. Or that Louis XV’s favorite chef was a woman. Or that there were so many famous female chefs in New York City in the 80’s and 90’s that in 1999 the New York Times wrote an article bemoaning the lack of a new generation of female chefs to fill their shoes.
I didn’t catch this the first time around, but this is one of the best things ever, and I <3 Amanda Cohen, and that Time fucking cover was a travesty.