The Wednesday Five: Women in Food

Today is International Women’s Day and it has been timed to be the day for the follow-up to the January Women’s Marches: the Day Without a Woman protest. As women continue to make strides, one of the areas that is often under-the-radar is Women in Food. In a notoriously male-dominated industry, the visibility of women at the top ranks of the culinary world is often hard to come by. Statistics show that women chefs are paid 28.1% less than their male  counterparts. And, last year, Food & Wine Magazine recognized just one female chef out of 11 for their Best New Chef Awards.

In this week’s Wednesday Five, we share the latest news about women who are making groundbreaking strides in food and drink and working to combat the obstacles of equal pay and visibility.



A Day Without a Woman? Boston restaurant-goers wouldn’t eat very well.

When it comes to the number of women as head chefs at Boston’s best restaurants, the city has a higher rate than most. Beth Teitell of The Boston Globe writes:

If Boston’s female chefs failed to show up Wednesday, the city’s food scene would be hard hit. . .The Boston area is known for being supportive of female chefs, and many of our top restaurants are led by women. But it is an exception in an industry where a macho culture can still sometimes relegate women to the “pastry box” and other background roles, and family-friendly policies like parental leave aren’t always on the table.

Read more at The Boston Globe.



A Fine Line Documentary

An upcoming feature length documentary, A Fine Line,  will explore why only 6% of executive chefs and restaurant owners are women. Meanwhile, it will celebrate the accomplishments of world-renowned women chefs, including: Dominique Crenn, Lidia Bastianich, April Bloomfield, Sylvia Weinstock, Barbara Lynch, Maria Loi, Carrie Nahabedian, and Mashama Bailey.

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