Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Patico

Second Advisor

Dr. Megan Sinnott

Third Advisor

Dr. Emanuela Guano


The professional fine dining kitchen has predominately been the domain of male chefs. The purpose of this study was to look at what factors affect chefs, especially female chefs, in the development of their professional careers. I interviewed 12 professional female chefs and five male chefs in New York City and Atlanta, in various stages of their careers, in order to gain a better understanding of the difficulties faced by chefs. Through my research I learned that although women face devaluation from their male coworkers, they also face stigmatization from their female coworkers. This research provides insight into changes that need to be made in order for women to more successfully navigate the culinary industry as well as women in other male-dominated professions.