In his recent interview, he suggested that women are not strong enough to carry heavy pans around the kitchen. He was also of the opinion that men make better chefs since they are not as emotional and have a more positive attitude.
Well-renowned chef and restauranter Marco Pierre White has enraged the culinary world again with his sexist remarks on a recent interview with Irish Independent.
He is known to not mince words and offend people with his distasteful remarks. Once he even critiqued a woman's salmon dish with, "And you hope to keep a husband," on an episode of Hell’s Kitchen.
According to The Guardian, the former Michelin star chef has opined that men are better at handling pressure in the kitchen than women.
"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."
White, 57, also suggested that women are not strong enough to carry heavy pans around the kitchen. "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?'"
He did attempt to compliment women for "their better palate" but stereotyped it to their "respect for the house" in the same breath. As per a report in Big Hospitality, he said, "Women tend to have a better palate because they have a better sense of smell. They are more consistent than men when it comes to cooking because they respect the house more, they do their job."
Neil Rankin, the owner of the Temper steakhouse and barbecue restaurants in London, called White a "rambling dinosaur." In an Instagram post, he called out White's sexist remarks by stating that "men don't have to put up with this nauseating baseless antiquated bullshit every day."
A former kitchen worker, James Ritchie, from Sunderland, said that he has seen women handling workplace pressure and emotions with utmost grace. In fact, he says, it's the men who succumb to pressure and lose their cool more often than not.
"The few women I worked with were in complete control of their emotions and handled pressure and casual sexism with aplomb, whereas many male colleagues regularly had tantrums, lost control, and were abusive to other members of staff because of the pressures of working in a high-end kitchen. Not unlike a certain Marco Pierre White back in his heyday."
Sally Abe, head chef at Michelin-starred The Harwood Arms in Fulham, is of the opinion that it is hard work that helps a person make his/her mark in the workplace and gender has nothing to do with it.
"For me it's not about sex, it's about people. It's not about looking at someone with preconceptions of what they can and can't do, it's giving them a chance and letting them prove themselves. That's what I've always done, work hard and you will be successful regardless of gender."
"It is extremely unhelpful to have a prominent male chef like Marco Pierre White undermining the contribution and role of women in restaurant kitchens," said Asma Khan, founder of London's Darjeeling Express, where the kitchen is run by an all-female team. "Even when he attempts to list the positives, he displays his staggering, almost medieval gender bias. And basically dismisses us as neither innovators or creators."
Women are more “emotional” in the kitchen-men “absorb the pressure of the kitchen better”- As a female restaurant owner working with 9 female chefs I cannot relate to ANYTHING he is saying about women in kitchens- I am so disappointed reading this by a venerated chef. #FeetOfClay pic.twitter.com/SF2qDWykBC— Darjeeling Express (@Darjeelingldn) August 28, 2019