LISTEN, TAKE ACTION, SHARE STAND FOR #CULINARYEQUALITY

It's time to uncover bias and level the playing field. KitchenAid resolves to create possibilities and reimagine the place for women in professional kitchens.

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ACTION BEGINS WITH AWARENESS THIS IS WHAT BIAS LOOKS LIKE

"Only men have the technique, discipline & passion that makes cooking consistently an art."
-Renowned chef Fernand Point

"HER HANDS ARE TOO SMALL TO CUT IT."

"IT'S JUST HER HOBBY, NOT HER CAREER."

"SHE'S NOT TOUGH ENOUGH TO BE THE BOSS."

Strong hands working freshly made dough onto parchment paper.

A LEGACY OF EMPOWERMENT TAKING A STAND, CREATING POSSIBILITIES

Despite their incredible contributions, women have struggled to make it in professional kitchens — held back by inequalities unfairly put upon them. As a brand built by women and that stands for creating possibility in the kitchen, KitchenAid is challenging inequality, helping to advance women in culinary arts and support the industry at large.

The Butcher, the Chef, The Restaurateur INTRODUCING A WOMAN'S PLACE

KitchenAid proudly announces a documentary short that showcases the inspiring stories of emerging women in the culinary industry and the way they combat gender inequality every day.

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The dark, cold inside of a butcher's meat refrigerator. Etana Diaz sharpening skillfully her knife.

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The Butcher Etana Diaz

"I was told women were only hired to work the counter. My hands were too small to cut hundreds of steaks. I physically wouldn't be able to lift boxes of primals because of my size. They said this was a tough industry that I couldn't handle."

Etana began her career as a pastry chef and a line cook in fine dining. After discovering that pastry wasn't her passion and being turned off by the culture and the aggression of her male colleagues, she found her true love for butchery. Etana was constantly told she was too pretty, too small or too weak to cut meat by every butcher shop in Seattle, but refused to take no for an answer until finally someone gave her a shot. Etana proves that her passion and drive outweigh her size and gender. She approaches meat cutting with creativity, ethics and knowledge and is proud to be one badass "Lady Butcher."

FILM DIRECTED BY RAYKA ZEHTABCHI

Academy Award Winning Director

A professional portrait shot of Rayka Zehtabchi.

A Woman's Place is a short documentary film that explores the gender-based biases that women face in the industry through the stories of three up-and-coming female chefs pursuing different culinary careers.

The Butcher

The Butcher

"I got the sense that everybody was trying to scare me away. And all that did was push me to want it more."

Marielle Fabie
Karyn Tomlinson
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A blazing fire over a chef's wok. Marielle Fabie mastering her craft in the kitchen.

Marielle
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The Chef Marielle Fabie

"I went to school thinking I want to be a masterchef. I think that's so important because you cultivate this idea that you belong in a manicured profession. I wanted to defy that stereotype."

Marielle grew up in a traditional Filipino immigrant household. As a child, she cooked with her mother and grandmother in the kitchen and helped her father with his food truck. Even though her father's livelihood was cooking, her own parents discouraged her from pursuing her culinary ambitions, refusing to see it as a worthy/serious career for a woman. She defied her parents' wishes of being a nurse, leaving school to follow her dream of working in the culinary industry. Today Marielle is a chef de cuisine at the successful Ramen Shop, where she leads a team of mostly women.

FILM DIRECTED BY RAYKA ZEHTABCHI

Academy Award Winning Director

A professional portrait shot of Rayka Zehtabchi.

A Woman's Place is a short documentary film that explores the gender-based biases that women face in the industry through the stories of three up-and-coming female chefs pursuing different culinary careers.

The Chef

The Chef

"So many say, 'What's it like being the only woman working here?' What am I supposed to say? Why is it any different than being a man?"

Etana Diaz
Karyn Tomlinson
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A elegant ceramic bowl filled with potatoes. Karyn Tomlinson confidently working in her kitchen.

Karyn
Tomlinson

The Restaurateur Karyn Tomlinson

"I have to be faster, more effective, more straightforward, and more tenacious [than a man]."

Karyn Tomlinson, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in France, but was told on her first day on the job as a cook to go to the front of house for service. While her interest was in savory cuisine, she began working her way up through opportunities in pastry, where she grew creatively. None of it discouraged her from pursuing her dream of becoming a head chef, and eventually she found herself at the helm of a kitchen. In 2018 she became the first solo woman to win Grand Cochon, a national whole hog cook-off, and even competed against some of her old chefs. Today, she faces a real challenge as a woman chef, and is currently in the middle of the complex process of opening Myriel, her first restaurant, during a pandemic.

FILM DIRECTED BY RAYKA ZEHTABCHI

Academy Award Winning Director

A professional portrait shot of Rayka Zehtabchi.

A Woman's Place is a short documentary film that explores the gender-based biases that women face in the industry through the stories of three up-and-coming female chefs pursuing different culinary careers.

The Restaurateur

The Restaurateur

"I felt self conscious because I just didn't seem to be in the typical 'tough chef' mode...I think that's why people overlooked me right away."

Marielle Fabie
Etana Diaz
A professional portrait shot of Rayka Zehtabchi.

A Woman's PLace Director Rayka Zehtabchi

Academy Award winning director of “Period. End of Sentence.”

Rayka Zehtabchi is an Iranian-American director whose passion is telling human stories that bring awareness and action to little-known social issues. Rayka's Oscar winning short documentary, "Period. End of Sentence.," which can be seen on Netflix worldwide, is about a group of village women in Northern India who start a sanitary pad-making business in an effort to improve feminine hygiene and destigmatize menstruation.

As seen in her award-winning fiction and non-fiction works, she brings a naturalistic approach to her storytelling, striving for honesty and intimacy on screen. Her film is presented in partnership with Ventureland, the creative studio arm of PRETTYBIRD, which is committed to extending storytelling capabilities and utilizing artistry across a variety of platforms through the team's shared experience of producing high-profile and award-winning work. Amongst Ventureland's leading team is Natasha Wellesley, an award-winning Executive Producer whose varied experience supports the company's vision of creating original programming and innovative brand and experiences.

A woman hurrying down the stairs while tying up her apron.

NEW CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES KNOCKING DOWN THE KITCHEN DOOR

In partnership with the James Beard Foundation, KitchenAid presents a custom mentorship program developed to help women advance in culinary arts and support the industry at large as it rebuilds.

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FIND COMMUNITY

If you're a chef looking to connect, sign up for James Beard Foundation Mentorship presented by KitchenAid.

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