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More women seek culinary careers, but gender gap remains for executive chefs

More women seek culinary careers, but gender gap remains for executive chefs

This is the first in a series of occasional articles exploring the issues in restaurants.

When Chef Nancy Longo was beginning her culinary career, it was normal for her to be the only woman in a restaurant kitchen. Working for owners who would hurl plates one minute and pinch her behind the next, she, like other female chefs of her generation, withstood verbal and physical harassment as she worked her way up the ranks.

Longo could handle the heat, but it was enough to cause some of her peers to jump to other professions.

"If I told you the horror stories about what it was like to be the only woman in the kitchen you would just be shocked,"...

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