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Marco Pierre White, famous as a guest judge on Masterchef Australia, recently stirred up a storm by saying women chefs aren’t good enough in the kitchen.
Marco Pierre White is an ex-Michelin star celebrity chef. He is well-renowned for his exceptional cooking skills, and often appears on Masterchef Australia as a guest judge.
But that does not give him the liberty to ridicule and mock women who are chefs.
Recently he commented and said, “The real positive with men is that men can absorb pressure better, that’s the main difference, because they are not as emotional and they don’t take things personally.” He further went on to say “Look at the size of some of the pans you are carrying. Can you imagine you’re a lady in the kitchen and saying: “Will you carry that pan for me?”
This is totally unacceptable. Women have always proven to be better chefs in the home and in restaurants. They are always striving to be better. And then they have to deal with egoistic male chefs like Marco.
In today’s world, investors are more interested in investing with male chefs. Women entered the professional culinary world during the I and II World Wars, to support their families.
Sexism, sadly is one of the largest stress factors these women face.
Women chefs are paid much less than their male counterparts, for the equally long hours they put in at work, that disregards their social realities. If they are not given a chance, how will they prove themselves? Even today, the woman is the primary caregiver. The man can work long hours but the woman is always frowned upon for working for long hours.
Research shows that men are always considered to be innovative when it comes to cooking while women are considered to be traditional chefs. This is a very wrong notion. Today there are numerous women chef bloggers who twist and turn age-old recipes and make them five star dishes. Or they adapt the dish so that it can be reproduced in a country away from home.
Coming back to Marco’s comment, men don’t face one percent of the sexism that women face. If men would have faced the continuous taunts like women, they would have fumed and left the job, or who knows burnt down the kitchen.
Marco is a classic example of a person who gets easily annoyed when chefs make mistakes. We have repeatedly seen it on television; and seen how petrified everyone is of him. Is he forgetting his traits when he is making a comment about women?
Women are far stronger that they are given credit for. They know how to balance work and personal life. But in awards ceremony like that by the James Beard Foundation, only 15 women chefs were awarded out of 93 total chef awards.
I am just sad that you respect someone’s skills, and then you come across his real life comments on women; you lose all respect for this person. Give the woman a chance and she will be better than all the men. Give her an equal playing field. Don’t judge her cooking skills based on her being a woman. Blindly taste her food.
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