Marco Pierre kicks up a storm, says women too emotional to be chefs

Former-Michelin star chef came under fire for his statements regarding female chefs

Marco Pierre White. Photo: File
Marco Pierre White. Photo: File

TV presenter and former-Michelin star chef Marco Pierre White has caused a furore for suggesting that women cannot handle the pressure of working in kitchens.

In an interview with the Irish Independent, White said that women were too emotional to work in a kitchen and “not strong enough to carry heavy pans”.

White told the media outlet: “The real positive with men is that men can absorb pressure better, that’s the main difference, because they are not as emotional and they don’t take things personally.

“Look at the size of some of the pans you are carrying. Can you imagine you’re a lady in the kitchen and saying: ‘Will you carry that pan for me?’”

White has a steakhouse and grill at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi and a new restaurant coming up in the emirate in September.

He did however, bring up some positives. He said that said that women have better palates and a more sophisticated sense of smell. White also added that women are more consistent than men, when it comes to cooking, “because they respect the house more, they do their jobs”.

White’s comments did not go down well with several in the industry.

According to the National, Asma Khan, founder of London’s Darjeeling Express, told Big Hospitality: “It is extremely unhelpful to have a prominent male chef like Marco Pierre White undermining the contribution and role of women in restaurant kitchens.

“Even when he attempts to list the positives, he displays his staggering, almost medieval gender bias. And basically dismisses us as neither innovators nor creators,” she added.

This isn’t the first time White has sparked furore with his comments. Last week, he called British chef Jamie Oliver “delusional” for blaming the collapse of his restaurant empire on Brexit.

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