posted by Blogging Top Chef @ 1:30 PM
They can't even caption the women correctly: 'Barbara Nitke, a contestant on Bravo's "Top Chef."'... looks like Casey to me.
I find Ms. Simmons beliefs to be typical of liberal thinking. Most Chefs are men, but it is a good thing that they have equal numbers of men and women??
Interesting article. I don't think anyone's advocating for 50-50 representation in the t.v. kitchen just "more" successful female chefs who can compete in a public forum. It seems to me that Gail Simmons is as knowledgeable on the topic as anyone. Another article I read about the dearth of successful female chefs mentioned that women as a group haven't learned to ask for big money. Men have their systems in place, making deals on the golf course, for instance.They also have the moxie, or balls, if you will, to ask for someone else's money outright. (Think of The Restaurant's Rocco's with Rocco di Spirito using Jeffery Chodorow's money for his ill-fated venture, yet acting as if he owned the place.)Women are still building up their business, social, and banking networks. While some have done this successfully, most of us still have a long way to go. The good old boy network has been a hard one to penetrate. None of this has anything to do with liberal thinking; just common sense.
Nicely said, ms. place.
That's the lamest excuse I've ever heard of. Why are the majority of lawyers and doctors women? I think some or most of them want a family too, so that line of reasoning doesn't make sense at all. I don't think men are better cooks (to the contrary in fact, based on my experience), but there is a possibility that a domineering personality and the executive skills required to run a kitchen come more naturally to men.
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