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ISO Women in the Kitchen

dxs Oct 19, 2012 08:39 AM

Every time I look at Toronto Life's Dish column, it's always promoting some dude with a beard, and it's generally rare to see women chefs being featured in the media. Off the top of my head, I can think of five restaurants in Toronto where the kitchens are headed by women:

Ruby Watchco
Frank at AGO
Delux on Ossington
Mildred's Temple Kitchen

I'm not saying that gender has anything to do with cooking skill. But let's say I wanted to support the underdog - which places am I missing?

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  1. estufarian RE: dxs Oct 19, 2012 09:15 AM

    You just missed 'Eat To The Beat' - which is their premier showcase

    Click on the 'chefs' tab.

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    1. re: estufarian
      millygirl RE: estufarian Oct 19, 2012 12:27 PM

      I don't recall her name but Pastis has a female at the helm :)

    2. jlunar RE: dxs Oct 19, 2012 09:18 AM

      I'd take a look at http://www.eattothebeat.ca/ and see if you can pick off more - not all of them run their kitchens, but it's a good place to start

      Khao San Road's the only one that immediately comes to mind and not on your list.

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      1. re: jlunar
        dxs RE: jlunar Oct 19, 2012 11:13 AM

        Tsk, can't believe I forgot KSR.

        Thanks both for your responses, that list is a start.

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        kmbar RE: dxs Oct 19, 2012 01:25 PM

        Tutti Matti!

        1. MissBingBing RE: dxs Oct 19, 2012 02:25 PM

          Emma's Kitchen!

          1. Notorious P.I.G. RE: dxs Oct 19, 2012 02:41 PM

            Amanda at Biff's.

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              thebutcher RE: dxs Oct 19, 2012 06:26 PM


              1. mrsleny RE: dxs Oct 19, 2012 06:33 PM

                Spice Route?

                1. Notorious P.I.G. RE: dxs Oct 19, 2012 06:47 PM

                  Also Sarah at Live.

                  1. dxs RE: dxs Oct 26, 2012 05:01 AM

                    Looks like Toca at the Ritz-Carlton is now helmed by a woman, Gihen Zitouni:

                    I don't enjoy eating in hotels but I may make an exception for this, especially given the chef's Tunisian background.

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                      Soupy1 RE: dxs Oct 26, 2012 04:54 PM

                      Hart House Grill - Suzanne Baby. http://harthouse.ca/gallery-grill/
                      It's only open at lunch, and for brunch on weekends, but the food is excellent, and the setting is lovely. Located in the downtown U. of T. campus.

                      Also Jean (Seow?) at Jean's Vegetarian, 1262 Danforth near Greenwood. It's Malalysian and Thai.
                      Tasty food in a casual, homey place.

                      Good question!

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                        Gary RE: dxs Oct 27, 2012 08:04 AM

                        Sasi at Mengrai Thai.

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                          childofthestorm RE: dxs Oct 27, 2012 05:05 PM

                          Origin Liberty Village

                          1. pinstripeprincess RE: dxs Oct 30, 2012 08:31 PM

                            happening on the 19th, another women chef focused event

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                              dxs RE: pinstripeprincess Oct 31, 2012 05:25 AM

                              Looks interesting. But perhaps my rapidly ageing brain has lost the skill of reading comprehension, because I don't see any references in the linked article to when or if this is actually taking place?

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                                PhilH RE: dxs Oct 31, 2012 09:26 AM

                                "prices and tickets TBA… Dinner is set to happen late September…"

                                Huh, that is strange actually. Considering it's almost November now..

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                                  TorontoJo RE: dxs Nov 2, 2012 11:57 AM

                                  Here's an update on Alexandra Feswick's dinner:


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