A James Beard Foundation event billed long in advance as 'Women in Whites' took on new significance this past Friday in light of the recent controversial Time 'Gods of Food' cover story.
The chefs in attendance at the James Beard Foundation's fall gala at New York City's Four Seasons Restaurant included Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, San Francisco), Barbara Lynch (Boston chef/restaurateur), Melissa Kelly (Primo, Maine), Kristen Kish (Menton, Boston), and Sherry Yard (Helms Bakery, Los Angeles) and, just for good measure, mixologist Audrey Saunders and winemaker Merry Edwards. And some other 'Goddesses' were in the house as well, namely Martha Stewart and Top Chef judge and Food & Wine Special Projects Director Gail Simmons.
In a recap for Food Arts, Beverly Stephen pulls some choice quotes about the Time dust-up and subsequent debate about gender roles in the culinary world, most notably from Lynch: "You can succeed no matter what. I'm proof of the pudding. I didn't let anything stop me. It's a dog-eat-dog world, whether you're male or female."
· Women in White [Food Arts]