This week, TIME magazine managed to come up with a list of 13 "Gods of Food," including seven prominent chefs and six other food folk. A lineage tree also charted 60 chefs who were influenced by four of the big shots. Somehow, there was not a single female chef to be found in the entire feature, except for two pastry chefs mentioned in a sidebar.
"There was no attempt to exclude women, we just went with the basic realities of what was going on and who was being talked about," TIME editor Howard Chua-Eoan told Eater, explaining the lack of women in his article
Well, it must depend on who you listen to. Around here, we talk about female chefs all the time — or, rather, about amazing, notable, and yes, influential chefs who happen to be female. And these aren't just good chefs, they're badass chefs, chefs with attitude — which is apparently what women need if they're going to get noticed for their culinary skills. Badass how? Let's just say that if we were Howard Chua-Eoan, we might be careful where we ate from now on.
Additional reporting by Molly Aronica, Dan Myers, Samantha Neudorf, and Arthur Bovino.