Lecture, "Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Lecture, "Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen"

March 21, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Prof. Deborah A. Harris, Texas State University

Sponsored by GSWS.

Prof. Harris recently published a book on gender inequality and chefs. For more information, see:


A number of recent books, magazines, and television programs have emerged that promise to take viewers inside the exciting world of professional chefs. While media suggest that the occupation is undergoing a transformation, one thing remains clear: being a chef is a decidedly male-dominated job. Over the past six years, the prestigious James Beard Foundation has presented 84 awards for excellence as a chef, but only 19 were given to women. Likewise, Food and Wine magazine has recognized the talent of 110 chefs on its annual “Best New Chef” list since 2000, and to date, only 16 women have been included. How is it that women—the gender most associated with cooking—have lagged behind men in this occupation?

In this talk, Harris addresses this question and traces the historical evolution of the profession, analyzing examples of chef profiles, restaurant reviews, and in-depth interviews with women chefs,to reveal a great irony between the present realities of the culinary profession and the traditional, cultural associations of cooking and gender.

Cosponsored by the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Provost Year of the Humanities, Department of Sociology, and Chatham University Women's Institute

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