7 Percent of Head Chefs and Restaurant Owners are Women.

Center on Halsted
Aug 7 · 8 min read
Photo Credit: Huge Galdones

“I had this resume that felt like a slam dunk. I was putting in executive chef application after application with no call backs. Meanwhile, all of my male chef peers were landing executive chef positions left and right.”

In addition to basic training in the culinary industry, Silver Fork apprentices also benefit from the following:

“I was shocked, nervous, and felt so out of my element. You know, people kept asking me, ‘Why are you going for the top right now? Why are you going for the best restaurant?”

Sometimes we don’t know who we are until we block everyone else out and just do it.

“It’s really hard as a brown chef and especially a Black girl — really hard. I knew with the demographic of many of those who I work with, you’re going to have to have a little bravado and really know what you’re doing… but if you don’t know something exists, you can’t paint it.”

Join Silver Fork students and staff, community members and local top Chicago chefs at Taste of Diversity — Thursday, August 13th from 5:30–9pm for tasting samples from a diverse cultural landscape as well as tasty bites from community partner restaurants.

Unable to attend? Sponsor a ticket for a youth or senior program participant!

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Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s largest community center dedicated to advancing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Movement.

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