Masterchef: The Professionals – Female Contestants Confirm Sexism In The Kitchen
Cassie and Bonny two of the younger girls from Masterchef: The Professionals confirmed the show was like real life kitchens where sexism occurred.
They told the Daily Telegraph were shoved onto desserts by the other contestants on the show even though they were not dessert specialists.
Cassie was particularly frustrated by this.
The article states:
Giving their own insights into the survival skills women need in the “man’s world” of professional cooking, young chefs Bonny Portrr and Cassie Delves admitted they had both had to “turn down” their feminity and fight for respect in the MasterChef kitchen.
Delves, who was praised by White as having “gold in her fingers” said she has hated being dismissed to desserts duty while her mostly male leaders take care of the tough stuff in team challenges.
The 19-year-old said it was “as if we have twice as much to prove” to gain the respect of the older, male peers.
“That was the part I hated the most. I got put on desserts all the time and that’s my weakness (skill). You should play to people’s strengths regardless of whether it’s for an elimination.”
Porter, who works at Neil Perry’s Rockpool & Grill, said there was no room for Gordon Ramsay-style tears.
“The first kitchen I was in I was so emotional and crying all the time because you get in there and you’re I’m shock about what a harsh environment it is. But if you make a mistake, you’re just as likely to have something thrown at you whether you’re a man or a woman.”
Both women, who loved swapping their chefs whites for a fashion makeover, said they had to man up to make it.
“It doesn’t matter that it’s a male-dominated industry, we want to hold our own and prove we can do it just as well as them,” Delves said.
Thanks Anna for alerting me to the article.
In other Masterchef news there is a story about Coop and how sick his little girl was and still is. It it amazing he coped with the stress of it all. The prognosis for his daughter appears to be still unclear.
The Sunday Telegraph writes:
MASTERCHEF contestant Coop Woodstone has revealed his agonising decision to remain in lockdown while his daughter Viena was undergoing life-saving brain surgery.
As he battled for survival in the kitchen, surgeons were operating on seven-year-old Viena, who was born with a tumour wrapped around her cerebellum.
Woodstone, 37, from Seaforth, said doctors are astounded that Viena has survived.
“Her heart has stopped three times that we know of – 15 seconds each time,” he said.
“At the moment they are saying her medical condition is impossible, she shouldn’t be alive.”
Surgeons removed as much of the tumour as they could, but Viena still has debilitating seizures that cause her oxygen levels to drop to life-threatening levels.
Channel 10 allowed Woodstone extra leave from filming to spend time at his daughter’s bedside. But he would have to return to the Masterchef: The Professionals house at the end of each visit.
“I kind of felt I was torn in both directions when I was on the show,” he said. “I really just wanted to go and see them, and then I would be very low and sad when I was back.
“You were on a high when you went for a visit and the next couple of days you were really down.”
Viena’s condition is so rare that only 12 other cases are known worldwide.