18 Amazing Women Rocking the LA Food Scene
Multi-tasking comes naturally to women. This couldn’t be more true for those women who work in professional kitchens, many overseeing restaurant and culinary empires, penning cookbooks, making TV appearances and balancing myriad award nominations — all while raising kids, running a household and keeping marriages intact. It’s just how they do.
With International Women’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to once again throw the spotlight on some of our amazing working women in and around Los Angeles. In all honesty, we could double, even triple, the number of culinary visionaries to profile — especially if we go beyond the executive chefs and owners to include the chefs de cuisine, pastry chefs, sous-chefs and line cooks who help run our city’s kitchens; all the chefs in between projects; the coffee pullers, sommeliers, beer brewers and bartenders; the advocates for food policy; the farmer's market leaders and the farmers; and the authors, writers and other voices. So consider this a start.
We’ve come a long way since the '80s when virtually no professional kitchen had women working in them, let alone running them. Today a chef that happens to be a woman shouldn’t have to prove that she’s just as good as the boys; no one, especially a well-respected food critic, should attribute a woman chef’s success to cooking “the way men are cooking.” That’s simply an outdated view of how things really work. Women are integral to our culinary landscape, from running the kitchens to keeping the lights on at our favorite restaurants. Here are just a few chefs making our food world more amazing every day, from recent Top Chef winners to the "goddess of delicious."