"Skirt Steak:" The Landscape For Female Chefs

"Skirt Steak:" The Landscape For Female Chefs

What the kitchen looks like to female chefs who've broken down barriers and aspiring cooks who want to follow in their footsteps.

The number of women enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America increases every year, and the ranks of successful female chefs is also growing. But the gains haven't been without hardship, discrimination or room for improvement. Whether it's the impossibly long work days or gender discrimination, few women are at the helm of professional galleys. We speak with women in the industry about what it takes to make it in a predominantly male culinary world.


Ann Cashion

Chef, Co-Owner, Johnny's Half Shell

Diana Davila-Boldin

Executive Chef, Jackie's Restaurant (Silver Spring, Md.)

Charlotte Druckman

Food Writer; Author, "Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen." (Chronicle Books, 2012)

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