Gender Bias-sharing the experience of my friend

Tiffany Brar
Posted July 17, 2020 from India

Cooking is one important part that women have been incorporated in and women have long been connected with being in the kitchen. Ethnically, women are expected to cook in the kitchen. They are responsible for giving their family a good diet by serving hot meals on the dining table. For so many years one question pushes my mind. May be a kind of argument too.  My question-“is that a woman’s only “biological role,” is to nurture the family through her cooking”.

To the contradictory I have also observed that professional kitchens in today scenario are male dominated. I have visited numerous restaurants in India and abroad. Mostly 95% I have seen male chefs rather than finding a female chef, hardly in a few restaurants.

I believe that possibly it is due to the gender gap. It is because the world still recognizes more male chefs.

I met one of my school friend in the beginning of 2020, who is working in a famous beach restaurant in the coastal area of south part of Kerala. She told me that “in a high quality kitchen, gender is not a matter at all”. It is how we get our work done and how we handle our self professionally.

She also shared that it is a highly male-dominated space and to large extent gender discrimination prevail in the commercial kitchen. It took 7 years for her to establish in the culinary industry competing with her fellow male chefs.

She expressed her in-depth opinion saying that "traditionally, women have forever made the cooking at home which has been viewed as domestic work and not an authentic occupation”.

Yes, obviously that is true.

In our culture, perceptions on gender serve as hindrances to women’s progress in the professional and developing world.

Still, a lot of changes can take place in all the fields when our society changes its stereotype understanding and labelling on gender. Not only in culinary field, in all other fields too.

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Anita Shrestha
Jul 17
Jul 17

Dear Tiffiny
Thank you for sharing

Tiffany Brar
Aug 11
Aug 11

Thanks Anita

Arem
Jul 17
Jul 17

Hi Tiffany,
Hope you're well. Thank you for sharing your story.
You're absolutely correct when you say "perceptions on gender serve as hindrances to women’s progress in the professional and developing world."
There is certainly a lot of change in perception that is required in all fields across the world.

Tiffany Brar
Aug 11
Aug 11

Dear Arem,
yes, we need a lot of changes in the coming days.
Thanks Arem

Tola Makinde
Jul 19
Jul 19

Thank you for sharing. Women are powerful beings.

Tiffany Brar
Aug 11
Aug 11

Dear Tola,
Agreeing with you.
Women are powerful and much strong.

Nab
Jul 21
Jul 21

"traditionally, women have forever made the cooking at home which has been viewed as domestic work and not an authentic occupation"
This line sums it all. Thanks for sharing.

Chi8629
Jul 23
Jul 23

Thank you for sharing.

Vanora.Lee
Jul 24
Jul 24

Thanks for fighting against the gender perception and its negative consequences, keep fighting! Stay strong and hopeful!

Tiffany Brar
Aug 11
Aug 11

Yes, Keep on fighting with full faith and courage.
Thanks Vanora

Beth Lacey
Aug 03
Aug 03

Great post, Tiffany. Looking forward to having you with us at the World Pulse Board meeting this week.

Tiffany Brar
Aug 11
Aug 11

Thanks Beth.

Mahnaz Harrison
Aug 06
Aug 06

Tiffany,
I heard your story at the board meeting just now. You are amazing and what a privilege to know you virtually. Thank you.

Tiffany Brar
Aug 11
Aug 11

Thanks Manhaz.

Mahnaz Harrison
Aug 11
Aug 11

Well said, you are so right and a point that is true with all gender biases. If a woman is doing it no pay and low status, if a man is doing it well paid and high status!