Boys Club

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Taste of the Upper West Side

Taste of the Upper West Side

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In 1999, Marion Burros summed up some of the reasons why women chefs were missing in the kitchen. Citing NYC’s competition as the prime reason for men’s rise to celebrity status, it’s interesting to see that, if you base an assumption on the upcoming “taste of the upper west side,” the boys still outnumber the girls.

Maybe it’s because women chefs work on the Upper East Side or Downtown. Coincidentally, or not, on the very same day I learned of the UWS Taste Fest, I met Jennifer Yee, pastry chef at Aureole. She’s kinda photogenic, eh?

Jennifer Yee, pastry chef, Aureole, East 61st Street

Jennifer Yee, pastry chef, Aureole, East 61st Street

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One response to “Boys Club

  1. There are a bunch of female chefs downtown. I Sodi, for example, is a relatively new female run/chef run resto. And, of course, one of my faves, Pearl Oyster Bar.

    Brooklyn is also seeing an increase in female owned/chef run restaurants. There’s a new place in Vinegar Hill with the former female chef from Morandi (I think?)

    I wonder what Julia Child would think …

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