2013, TIME Magazine published an article
titled The Gods of Food, which
attracted notice for its glaring omission of women. Time took some
heat for the article and 2014 began with low expectations for the
treatment of women in the food industry. However, The Braiser reports that despite the
dismal outlook, the year proved great for women as they
dominated the James Beard Awards and received many other
The Braiser lists twelve women who "owned" 2014, and EYB
members will recognize many of the names. First on the list was
restaurateur Barbara Lynch. To say she was busy in 2014
would be a grave understatement. In addition to running
her restaurant empire, Ms. Lynch earned a James Beard
Foundation award for Outstanding Restaurateur, appeared
on Top Chef, and is preparing to
compete in the Bocuse
D'Or in January.
A Lynch protégé, Kristen Kish, is also on the list.
This year the Top Chef winner competed in Top Chef
Duels and landed on the cover of Cherry Bombe
magazine. Speaking of that publication, founders Kerry Diamond
and Claudia Wu were heralded for their pioneering magazine
that highlights not just big-name chefs, but also "the
gals in the industry we may not have heard of before."
woman from the publishing field, Dana Cowin, makes the Braiser list
as well. The editor of Food & Wine was lauded for
leading the way in giving female chefs their due. In January,
Food & Wine
will publish an entire issue dedicated to female chefs. Other
familiar names mentioned in The Brazier article include
chef/authors April Bloomfield, Gabrielle
Hamilton, and Nancy Silverton.
Some less familiar names include Katie Button, a James
Beard-nominated chef from North Carolina who took "her chops on the
the most dramatic chef show to come out
this year, World's Best Chefs, to interview some of her
former bosses, like Adria and José Andrés." Another newcomer is
Rosio Sanchez, who worked with Rene Redzepi at Noma. Redzepi
selected Sanchez to open a Mexican taqueria, Hija de Sánchez, in
Copenhagen next year.