Only 43 women of the 262 Best New Chefs published in Food & Wine -- or less than 16 percent -- have made the list since it was launched in 1988. No women were chosen in 2003. One woman was selected from 2004 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2011. Two women were named in 2008, 2012 and 2014.
But there is hope for female professional chefs out there yet.
Quick update, for those still interested in Amy's Baking Company: It's evidently still terrifying. Because now knives are being used outside the kitchen, and we're left wondering what could have made Amy and Samy Bouzaglo snap.
At the James Beard Awards on Monday, we attempted to avoid the normal red carpet pablum (though sometimes we really did want to know who was wearing what), because it was a yellow carpet. (Why a yellow carpet, we asked? “It’s just to match the event logo,” a James Beard official laughed.)
Instead, we talked about the strange and wild world of culinary minutia with some of the world’s most renowned chefs and food personalities. It almost culminated in Jacques Pepin showing us his underwear, which means we were successful.
Hat tip to Humans of New York, for inspiring us to go beyond the normal press questioning gaggle.