I think Chef has some issues with male superiority-- as do most men in the cooking field who go through the brigade system and French cooking schools. He is not averse to women cooks, though. On the Kitchen Knightmares show, he is more benign and helpful and he encouraged a part time female chef to be full time one episode and in another, he acknowledged a black female soul food chef as a great natural chef and was eating her food heartedly. As to his comments about young women in Britain not knowing how to cook--this is true of both Britain and the US. Many young women and working women in general do not develop their cooking skills because of time pressures and the ease of processed foods and fast foods. Culinary abominations like Hamburger helper look good to a harried young mother who must cook dinner the minute she gets done with work. The one exception to this in the US is the south, where women of all ages take a little more pride in their cooking skills. During the work week, southern women may use the same convenience foods and fast foods but on weekends and holidays, they will take the extra effort to cook tradtional foods from scratch. Unfortunately, the tradtional foods (like greens cooked in pork stock or the various recipes for pan fried chicken) are sometimes not healthy. Still, many women are preserving these and some more healthy recipes and people down here really do say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
I can't cook for crap...so I usually tend to keep my mouth shut. hehe
Yeah, I think it's strange how women have been looked upon as doing all the domestic chores (cooking, cleaning, etc.) in the past/present and all of the great chefs in the world you hear about are all men. I can understand why a lot of women, especially moms, are not cooking up homemade gourmet meals nowadays because, like others have said, women have their careers to focus on and a bunch of other things to juggle.
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