Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's a Man's World in the Kitchens, Admits Hartnett

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's a Man's World in the Kitchens, Admits Hartnett

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Byline: RodKitson

IT IS unlikely there will ever be as many women as men in London's professional kitchens, according to chef Angela Hartnett.

The Michelin-starred chef-patron of Murano, pictured, said: "It just happens that it's a male-dominated industry, so there's always going to be more blokes -- and I'd be bloody amazed if it doesn't continue like that.

"Why is that? It's the golden question -- is it the hours, is it the money? Is it hard work? It's not impossible to have families and all the rest of it. It's just the choice, I suppose. I don't think it's a case of redressing the balance, because we make a bigger issue out of it saying there's a problem." Two of Hartnett's restaurants have female head chefs -- Pip Lacey at highend Italian Murano and Sam Williams at its sister restaurant, Cafe Murano. A second Cafe Murano opens in Covent Garden in June, headed by Richard Lloyd. Hartnett added: "There are lots of female head chefs out there. …

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