Meet the female chefs changing the cooking industry
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Clare says: "I always wanted to work in the best and toughest environments so that I could learn the most. "I was often the only woman in those kitchens and therefore automatically I was different and felt I had to prove myself. "I think it is maybe a female trait; I think lots of women always make sure they can do the job before they apply for it." Nieves Barragan Mohacho, chef-owner of Michelin star restaurant Sabor, Heddon StreetView this post on Instagram
Nieves says: "In Sabor, we work three and half days and have three and a half days off. "We try to change this industry in a good way and look after the staff and make sure everyone is happy. "For that, they need to have time off." Asma Khan, chef-owner of Darjeeling Express, SohoView this post on Instagram
Asma says: "With so much anger and hatred and a toxic environment, how do these people get the food out? How does it taste right when there is so much anger? "For me food is always about love.View this post on Instagram
#repost @lizziemayson From a while back when @asmakhanlondon first opened @thedarjeeljngexpress I was lucky to shoot Asma’s portrait for Jamie Mag. We didn’t have long but Asma was brimming with warmth and excitement. Then only a couple of years later she’s on @chefstablenetflix and the first British chef to be on there. Her story from Calcutta to here is so moving, you must watch it! Thanks @workinginfood & @annaberrill #asmakhan #darjeelingexpresslondon #chefstable #netflix
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Sandia says: "The clientele now are younger; the people who go out to eat are younger, well-travelled and not so stuck in the past. "They're more open to having a female presence in the dining room." Chantelle Nicholson (chef owner of Tredwells and group operations director at Marcus Wareing Restaurants)
Chantelle says: "My biggest thing is, just don't overthink it. "Just get in there and take each day as it comes, do what you need to do and, as I say to my guys, as long as you're learning something new every day, then that's a good day." Monica Galetti, chef-proprietor of Mere, in X, and former senior sous chef of Le Gavroche, Mayfair
Monica says: "For me it's so important that I fly the flag for coloured female chefs as well. "I think it should be something that empowers people, being different and coming from different backgrounds of food. "They bring something unique, that I think can play to their strengths." So, despite the fact that cooking is a male dominated industry, things are changing, and women CAN make it as top professional chefs - just like these ladies have. Like this article? Read about inspiring women in the book industry here. Lead image: public domainView this post on Instagram