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.
Yeah, we’re cool kids who got invited to the premiere party of Top Chef: Masters, which happened last week, for some reason. Why do they hold things that far in advance? Premiere parties should be much closer to the premiere! Take a page out of Harry Potter book parties, PR folks!
Held in partnership with Chase Sapphire Preferred (there were blue potato chips everywhere, which we swear is their trademark food — we’ve seen them at other events, too), the event featured seven of the thirteen chefs appearing this season and the dishes they made in the first episode. We have to say, we’re impressed that they were able to come up with anything quite so delicious after seemingly skydiving into a field of sheep.
See what the Master cheftestants were able to whip up in the gallery below, with our apologies to Richard Sandoval, whose Seared Salmon and Beef Tiradito also tasted excellent. We scarfed it down and weren’t able to get a photo.