Why women rule in the kitchen according to Chef Gaita
Chef Margarita “Gaita” Fores, who was recently named Asia’s Best Female Chef admits that women have come a long way since she started in the industry years ago.
She said that before, the industry used to be dominated by men with the exception of some trailblazing women like Nora Daza and Glenda Barretto, because work in the kitchen was considered to be a physically demanding job.
“I’m glad that women have proven that they have enough mettle to stand the rigors of the kitchen and that the female approach to certain things in the kitchen gives some amount of balance to the way things are done in the industry,” she said in a short clip for CNN.
She said that she’s glad that that the women’s uniqueness are being recognized as an asset in the kitchen, especially their maternal instinct in wanting to nurture and feed people.
“We’re the only ones who nurture. We’re the only ones who can be mothers so our maternal instincts has huge importance in because then it has to do with feeding people. I think that that’s the uniqueness that women bring to the kitchen,” she said.
For women aspiring to follow her footsteps to carve a name in the kitchen, she offers these few tips.
1. Follow your passion and don’t be afraid to fail. Its in the failures that you learn the best lesson.
2. Always put in your uniqueness by feeling strongly about your mothers cooking.
3. Research about things from your own province.
4. Travel a lot especially domestically because its that kind of experience and exposure that will add your own personal touch.