Because the male-dominated restaurant world is clearly facing a crisis in which not enough boys grow up to be chefs, a group of chefs has banded together in support of one teenager's crusade for gender-neutral Easy-Bake Ovens. A couple weeks ago, a New Jersey 13-year-old girl launched a petition to convince Hasbro to make its toy oven in gender-neutral colors rather than the pink or purple packaging that doesn't appeal to her younger brother — a crusade the legions of little girls who don't necessarily want to cook with purple and pink ovens can certainly get behind, too.
Anyway, now a bunch of male chefs have jumped in to support the cause in this video compiled by their public relations firm Bullfrog & Baum. Joshua Whigham, chef de cuisine at The Bazaar by José Andrés, says, "I can understand not wanting to cook on a pink oven. I would say ask Hasbro for a steel or a black or something really cool oven." As Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York so astutely points out, "Little boys and little girls can all be chefs." Yep, it's about time there were more men in the kitchen.
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