Spain’s Women Chefs Demand Their Place at the Top Table Reply

Spanish women chefs

The country’s giants of cuisine are celebrated across the world – and are all men. Now women want recognition of their culinary skills and achievements

The Guardian.com–From Ferran Adrià, creator of the world-renowned El Bulli, to giants of cuisine such as José Andrés, who was awarded the Spanish Order of Arts and Letters in 2010, the modern generation of Spanish chefs has acquired a formidable reputation for innovation, creativity and flair. There are around 170 Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain. In culinary terms, the country has never had it so good.

However, in one crucial respect Spanish gastronomy stands accused of culpable conservatism. Where are the celebrity female chefs? “We’re not being given a voice,” Estíbaliz Redondo, the journalist behind online gastronomy magazine Al-Salmorejo said. Frustrated by the marginal role of women in high-flying gastronomic circles, she and Córdoba chef Celia Jiménez last week held Spain’s first-ever conference on women in the industry.

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The message from Redondo was clear: “We put this together to say, ‘Here we are.’ We’re not here because we’re women. We’re here because we’re some of the best.” Even as Spanish women entered the industry in growing numbers during the past decade, the traditional association between women and the kitchen continued to endure, said Redondo, pushing women’s professional contribution into the shadows.

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Chef Elena Arzak

Chef Elena Arzak

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