Why men are still the best cooks?

Ladies any comments?

Men seem to have the innate ability to make cooking an art, writes ZAHARAH OTHMAN

WOMEN, he says, are the best cooks in their kitchens, while men do it best professionally. That is the opinion of Yvan Cadiou, the famous French cook and a showman, who has performed his art in 14 countries. And who, I might add, was also among the countless number of male cookbook authors to have won an award at the recent Gourmand World Cookbook Award ceremony.

Watching male after male chefs and cookbook writers bundling up the stage to get their awards, I cant help feeling that the culinary world, especially that of cooking professionally, is now dominated by men.

And many of them are hunks, the likes of Yvan who, many would agree, would look more suitable in the pages of GQ.

There are of course women writers and chefs such as the First Lady of Greek Cuisine, Vefa Alexiadou and Norways Grand Dame of Norwegian cuisine, Ingrid Espelid Hovis and of course, our very own Mohana Gill who bagged the award for best vegetarian cookbook, but the number seemed to be small, never mind what Yvan said in that sexy French accent of his.
I had whispered my concern to my companion Helen Oon at the ceremony and she readily agreed that indeed men are not only the best chefs, but also the best designers and the best hairdressers.

And this is happening worldwide.

A newly-trained chef in America complained that her applications were rejected by restaurants which prefer male chefs. She wrote, The US Department of Labour considers chef a non-traditional job for women, placing it on the same list with jobs such as construction worker, firefighter and engine mechanic.

In a Michelin Guide to Paris, she noted that none of the 100 restaurants listed had a female senior chef.

I browsed through the British list of celebrity chefs and stopped counting when the number of male chefs got bigger and bigger. Names such as Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Ainsley Harriot and Tom Parker Bowles are more prominent these days.

When the Queen of British cooking, Delia Smith came out with her very simple and basic cookbook, On How to Cheat At Cooking, you shouldve heard the roar of protests from the male chefs who had worked hard to make cooking a passion, improve the techniques and also make food not only taste good, look good but also healthy. This, I feel is where Delia has let the side down.

To support Yvans arguement that women are still the best cooks in their own kitchens, some people pointed out that while women cook for their family, they couldnt cope with the physical work required of a chef in a professional kitchen.

I had watched the last episode of MasterChef biting my fingernails and rooting for 18-year-old Emily, who had impressed the judges with her creativity and passion but during her real test in the kitchen had not been as organised and calm as winner James Nathan, a lawyer. What a disappointment that was.

I must admit I enjoy watching male chefs at work. They seem to be so much in control, as they crush the garlic with a bang of the chopper on the board, whisk the egg with one hand while the other push away their locks covering their eyes and as they gingerly sprinkle garnishing on their creations.

Although Ramsay turns the air blue with his swearing, he still has good ratings for his TV shows. And one can certainly warm to Jamie Oliver especially when he refers to his ingredients as these little beauties.

Finally, do ponder on these words. Fernand Point, the inventor of nouvelle cuisine, in 1950 said only men have the technique, discipline and passion that makes cooking consistently an art.

One of his students, Paul Bocuse, was reported as saying: The chef who names a dish after a woman is a gentleman and a diplomat. The chef who invites that same woman into his kitchen as a colleague is a fool.

from the last two quotes, i’d say that men are definitely… the best Prima Donnas :lol:

“technique, discipline & passion…” are ingredients for art, or for science?
“… that makes cooking consistently an art” … & consistently = mass produced = craft/trade work?

(author “biting his finger-nails… enjoying those men at work… push away their locks covering their eyes…gingerly…” …seems to be hero worshipping?)

ahhh sausages!!
now, where’s my frying pan?! :smiley:

Same goes to fashion designer and hair stylist … how come?

Good Morning friends,
Well, as far as I know, as per research, men, naturally has more density or physical fitness for the work. No doubt, I shall say, if a lady and a man chef are to present one dish at the same time, our lady chef may take the crown with her creation.

However, if for career, man chefs have the advantage and out perform them.

As for general conclusion, all chefs are talented. They are the respected professional who delight and enrich our life with their creations. However, due to physical limitation and in an environment of career, man chefs are at the advantage.

Y & Y chromosome, versuses, X & Y chromosome…
mayb d boys get the ‘creativity’ gene?

(personnally, i think it’s down to more misbehaving = more wonderful ideas!)

I won’t disagree…men really are the best cooks.

…good cook turns me on! heheee… (again, no ‘drool’ icon) :mrgreen:

[quote=“syirah08”]I won’t disagree…men really are the best cooks.

…good cook turns me on! heheee… (again, no ‘drool’ icon) :mrgreen:[/quote]

Am totally agreeable… MEN are indeed a much better cooks, haha :mrgreen:
Like to watch the AFC Channel on Astro can noticed that almost 90% of the cooks are men.
I think men are much more natural, quicker, creative, witty, intelligent and most importantly very talented in cooking.
Most of the women cooks on the other hand are more gentle, careful and slower (tendency to lose concentration / forgetful)… Ooops, Sorry to all the women cooks out there. :oops:

[quote=“syirah08”]I won’t disagree…men really are the best cooks.

…good cook turns me on! heheee… (again, no ‘drool’ icon) :mrgreen:[/quote]


le beeuf avec le rendang soouce et du pan…

…hubba! hubba!!!


is that statistically true? :lol: :lol: :lol: or you just want to invite the attention of the ladies that you are a good cook? and potentially or undisputably a good husband too? :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

good day fren


i’m just fortunate my photograpthy is as bad as my written words
(trust me… as bad as they both are, they are a Lot more pleasant, than my cooking!)

4 utensils every guy should hv: kettle, sandwich toaster, micro-wave & d frying pan (for those adventurous nights)

98% of kitchen at miri restaurant, cafe, food stall or what ever that cook food runs by men. Everynight family keep coming for more tasty food from them. Proven men are good cook and also fast plus tasty. People also wiling to pay $450 family dinner for mens food!, lol :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

this is some of my picture taken when im working in kl :stuck_out_tongue:

playing with alaskan crab leg. hellboy. yeah. hahaha :twisted:

some of the creation

a real live WIZARD!

(venison burger & black peppercorn; 3rd pic?)

Wow…! :shock:

Out of 3 pics, i can only do the ‘hellboy’ dance…heh heh… :mrgreen:

no :slight_smile: the 3rd pic was

left : open faced lasagna with wild mushroom ragout
centre : sauted Mediterranean vege
right : pan seared herbs crusted tuna with shallot reduction

[quote=“syirah08”]Wow…! :shock:

Out of all pics, i can only do the ‘hellboy’ dance…heh heh… :mrgreen:[/quote]

…lil correction…hehe…

Can’t wait to try ur newly renovated rest. nasi lemak jr…

Make sure me in ur opening night list!!

ok =) no problem. hope i can get the loan fast =p

yummeeee…yummmeeee… makan is my hobby…
no doubt men are best cook! but no one will deny that mothers’ are still the best in the world no matter what!

agree, agree =) mums still the best.