PODCAST WOMEN IN THE KITCHEN
Food has been around forever. Cooking with fire/heat was invented thousands of years ago, and every year new trends in cooking, eating and diets come around. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance and lactose intolerace, amongst innumerable allergies, are all words that are thrown around regularly. But why do some people love food, cooking and eating so much? What makes you attracted to the food you eat? Why is it important? In this program we will share, and discuss, a a bit of our love for all different kinds of Food, some healthy eating and cooking tips and one woman's experience as to how she got to where she is professionally, despite some difficulties.
Thinking globally, and riveting some statistics it is clear that in the professional kitchen, like in most other sectors, women are underrepresented. Of the 187000 chefs in England only 37000, or 20%, are women. It's apparent that the notion that women can only cook at home still seems to pervade British society.
Statistics are seemingly dreary in the USA,although the tide is quickly turning. Most databases estimate that women make up about 20% of the chefs in the USA, HOWEVER, women occupy only 6.3% (10 of 160) percent of head chef positions in 15 prominent u.s. Restaurant groups, according to Bloomberg. This is doubly depressing , when we consider that in the past decade 40% of the graduates from the international culinary center degree program are women yet they don't end up in the top positions. The same can be seen in many other sectors. The culinary institute of America, perhaps the most renowned professional program, enrolls about 35% women.