Jennifer Petrusky's fava bean and onion surprise is a great start to the tastes being served by women chefs. Anita Lo's steak tartar has added surprise---she personally spoons a granita of asian pear juice into each dish.
"I couldn't bet on it. Actually, last week, I was at the Kentucky Derby, and you know how I won my money? I put $2 on every horse in the 11th race, and I won $140."
The Greenwich Village pack (a group chefs including myself) admits that we keep 105 Christopher Street local locale a secret---the best Tuscan in town is a women owner chef with 8 tables.
They just showed a clip of the new movie, Julie & Julia
. Perhaps Julia WAS the first female chef...a clip of her practicing how to chop onions to impress the all-male classmates she was up against at the Cordon Bleu. I'm not too sure I would choose onions to practice on, but then again, that indomitable woman might not have been bothered by silly little onion tears.
Mike Lata seems very calm. "I took a beta blocker. My doctor gave me one just for stage fright. You can print that. I've been nominated three times, this is my first win. It's nice to lose to great people but it's great to win. I feel very good now."
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic winner Jose Garces's favorite Philadelphia restaurant is Osteria, the other fabulous restaurant that opened during my senior year of school in the city of Brotherly Love. Mark Vetri, who first opened his self-titled restaurant, Vetri, is in a class of his own. Both Amada and Vetri are musts if you want to spend a little more than a couple bucks on the ubiquitous cheesesteak.
Hank's oyster bar and commonwealth gastropub preparing swiss chard and baby carrot stuffed pickled trout rolls.
I hadn't heard of Seattle-based chef Maria Hines, but she made a great
entrance. She was out cooking for the event and came running in to
accept her Best Chef: Northwest award in the nick of time. When she did
make it to the stage she thanked her wife for allowing her to put a
lien on the house to open the restaurant. It was adorable and showed
how truly hardworking chefs really are.
Jamie Leeds---the chef of Hank's Oyster Bar and Commonwealth Gastropub in Washington, D.C.---has three restaurants. She did it in five years. Women need to talk about money: how did you finance your restaurants? Leeds cashed out her 401k and mortgaged her house! Advice to the young: follow your dream even if you have to buy secondhand plates!
I asked 22 year-old CIA graduate Nicole whether it's still harder for women in the kitchen. She says women still have to work twice as hard. Her boss, Maria Hines of Tilth (who works for love and finances her own restaurant), tells women to stand their ground and become chefs!