Chef Iman Talks About What It Means To Be A Woman In The Restaurant Industry

You’ve heard the phrase, “being a woman is not easy”, that is certainly true for women in the restaurant industry, a male-dominated industry.

This March 31st is Equal Pay Day and Chef Iman wanted to shed a light on the topic and show her support to all the women out there that might be affected by pay inequality.

Video Transcript

Women In The Restaurant Industry

Questions: What does it mean to be a woman in the restaurant industry?

Chef Iman:

Women in the restaurant business is champions. I mean, not just you have to work triple as hard and try to prove that you are worth it and understanding. You’re in constant battle with yourself that you’re feeling that you’re not enough. So, with that amount of anxiety and stress that is proving yourself, that’s adding to the workload. Oh, am I doing the right thing? am I producing… does it look good like the other male chefs that are around?

A lot of women is… they’re going to school, the same schools. They’re graduating sometimes with better grades. So I don’t know if it’s just because the people in the higher places is mostly male dominant and they are the one putting the rules of what goes and what doesn’t or is just to keep the statistics right, oh man has to be dominant. I don’t know, but it’s unfair. Because there is a lot of women chefs, and women entrepreneurs, and women CEO’s that are more than qualified to be recognized and seen for who they are and what kind of work they put in.

“The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued” – Michelle Obama

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