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Transforming the narrative in a male-dominated industry
A male-dominated industry, women currently represent only 18.5% of professional chefs. Today, however, there are more women than ever before at Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland. As women take on more roles in culinary, we offer some tips for future female culinary leaders.
1. Set boundaries
Set boundaries straight from the start regarding respect and conduct. Always know the limits. Firmly and diplomatically make the message clear about how far jokes can go. Don’t accept stereotypes and don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself
2. Bring your unique qualities to the table
Being a woman in the kitchen is an advantage. Don't try to be a man in disguise, diversity is key. Women have generally developed a unique sensitivity to taste, harmony, design, and presentation, and they do things differently. Take advantage of these qualities to make your entire brigade shine. Use your viewpoint and don't be afraid to push boundaries.
3. Be part of the change
Mentalities in the kitchen are changing. We need to continue highlighting the success stories and, together, make the profession appealing. Innovate and think outside the box while keeping the basics of culinary in mind. Be true to your nature in relation to products and ingredients. Dare to stand up and be different. As Culinary Arts Academy graduate Safina Usmanova comments optimistically, "I believe that over time more women will receive the attention they deserve in this field – and I hope to be a part of this influence."
4. Think about the future
Be sustainable, ethical, local. The way we produce affects the planet. Know how your food affects everything else. A more fair kitchen will have a positive impact on your team, your customers, and ultimately on your business.
5. Get a culinary education
The future belongs to those who fulfill their passion. It is important that women in the professional kitchen also learn the business aspect of running a kitchen, develop themselves and continue exploring, learning, and innovating.
Read more about women shaking up the culinary arts: Breaking the Glass Ceiling in the Culinary World.