A local chef is trying to make waves in her industry by changing her kitchen’s culture to be more inclusive.
Andrea Carlson is an executive chef and co-owner of Vancouver’s Burdock & Co., and says upcoming International Women’s Day is a reminder of why she fights every day to break the kitchen stereotypes
“We just don’t put up with any of the things that you know traditionally might be accepted in terms of stereotyping or just negative talk and that sort of thing that can happen in kitchens”
She says even in 2016, customers who approach the kitchen to thank the chef will immediately talk to the men in the kitchen, assuming one of them is the chef.
And she says unfortunately, a hostile work environment still exists for women in more restaurants than people think.
“Derogatory talk, sexism, those sorts of really disrespectful crude language is still not that uncommon in restaurant kitchens.”
She likes mentoring chefs to help them reach their goals despite some of the challenges they may encounter along the way.