It’s hardly breaking news that the food industry is a male-dominated field. What’s interesting is that the tides are reportedly changing: The number of women entering culinary schools is rising steadily, more and more women are working in the industry, and a female executive chef is far from the jaw-dropping news it was 20 years ago. But even as the modifier “female” before the word “chef” becomes more annoying than warranted, it’s still the case that women are a minority in the industry and are less likely than men to fill leadership positions in the kitchen.
Katie Button, celebrated chef and co-owner of Asheville’s Cúrate restaurant, just signed on with Macmillan Publishers to create her first-ever cookbook. Photo by Mark Bennett.
“Star Chefs” has been recognizing the best and brightest culinarians in specified pockets across the country since 2002, and they turned their gaze to the Carolinas this fall. In the end, more than a third of all the Rising Stars awards for both North and South Carolina were handed to WNC chefs and artisans.
Two chefs, Katie Button of Asheville and Gunnar Karl Gíslason of Icelaned hosted a dinner and foraging expedition on the campus of Warren Wilson College.
Asheville’s Cúrate celebrates one year with a movie at The Fine Arts Theatre on March 5 and a special “new-Nordic” dinner on Saturday, March 24. Why are we telling you this already? Because tickets are likely to go fast.