When I think back as to what drew me to a love of food, it was the love and nurturing of the women around me—first my mother and my grandmothers, and later my wife for life(!) and young daughter (my son has also been instrumental)!
I’ve heard it stated that being a chef is a lot like being an executive: not many women ever reach the top. This is largely said to be due to the fact that becoming a successful chef involves long hours and a demanding schedule (which is difficult to manage when pregnant, nursing or minding children).
A recent industry focus has been on the accomplishments and contributions of female chefs who have achieved everything while also becoming mothers and raising families.
Women have long been behind some of the most impressive achievements in the food world throughout history. And, each month, I’ll strive to highlight at least one female chef or, woman within the food industry, from Venus Williams and her savvy come-back on the world stage, to the icon that is Julia Child, to lesser-known names such as Buwei Yang Chao. These are all-inspiring women in food, who have not only shaped the history of food but also changed the world for the better.
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