Originally published on Food and Fond Memories on March 23, 2018 by sandy axelrod 0 Comments (Edit)
These 9 badass female chefs have made some of my favorite statements and I want to share them with you. I think you agree with me that we are looking forward to a time when there is no distinction between male and female chefs in the kitchen. Hopefully in the very near future women will be judged by their talent and not their looks. They will be paid the same salary as male chefs doing the same job. But sadly, in this industry and many others, there is a lot of work to still be done to even the score. But while that goal is being achieved I think we should take the time to celebrate some of the women who inspire me each and every day. Below are nine quotes from women for whom I have the utmost respect with links to more of their fabulousness.

A woman with long dark hair standing next to Julia Child who is seated

Me with Julia Child in 1992!
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

① “Oh, dearie, dainty doesn’t do it in the kitchen.” —Julia Child ② “I get up every day, do the best that I can do, and go home and have a good time.” —Ina Garten, Cherry Bombe Jubilee 2015
③ “If you’re not in a good mood, the only thing you should make is a reservation.” —Carla Hall
④ “Women of my generation were keen – rightly – not to be tied to the stove, but the ramifications of this were that they felt a sense of dread in the kitchen. How can this be good for anyone? I also feel that to denigrate any activity because it has traditionally been associated with the female sphere is in itself anti-feminist.” —Nigella Lawson
⑤ ”I bent my head over a stove in my early 20s and picked it up in my 30s.” —Alex Guarnaschelli, New York Times 2007

Dominique Crenn enjoys her Tartine Photo Credit: Tasting Table

Dominique Crenn enjoys her Tartine
Photo Credit: Tasting Table

Chef Crenn says tomato, avocado and Comté cheese are perfect together Photo Credit: Tasting Table

Chef Crenn says tomato, avocado and Comté cheese are perfect together
Photo Credit: Tasting Table

⑥ “We are all chefs, but I am supposed to be something else, too. I am expected to be a champion on the gender cause on top of that. Don’t get me wrong: I want to help pave the way to make things better for female chefs in our industry—and for all chefs in general—but I worry that I will always be seen as a female chef first and a chef second. It’s a corner I am forever stuck in.” —Dominique Crenn, Vice 2014
⑦ “Today’s innovation is tomorrow’s tradition.” —Lidia Bastianich

Two women at a party

Me with Gabrielle Hamilton in 2014
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

⑧ “The difference between being a good cook and being a good chef is as big as the difference between playing online Texas Hold’em in your pajamas and holding a chair in the World Series of Poker.” —Gabrielle Hamilton

Two women at an event

Me with Anita Lo 2016
Photo Credit: Steve Axelrod

⑨ “I really hope that I’ve given women and gay people a role model. . . . I think there’s so much change to be done. I think women aren’t pushed and don’t push themselves. And the other part is we’re not given opportunity to be included . . .” —Anita Lo, The Village Voice 2013