They have women chefs now? What's next women mailmen? Policemen? :D
That was a good article. I feel like consciously eating at restaurants with women chefs to see if there is a noticeable difference in the food.
Recently, I had a niece graduate from college, and we dined as a party of 22 at a small restaurant in LaCrosse, WI. It is run by a woman chef/owner. My niece had eaten there previously, and enjoyed the menu which featured vegetarian entrees. Being a carnivore, I was skeptical. Boy, was I surprised.
The menu was mainly Italian/Mediterranean in nature, and far from just vegetarian. The restaurant could seat about 40, which included a four to six seat counter looking into the open kitchen.
The food was wonderful and reasonably priced. Nice portions also. Well presented, of course, but the presentation was not what it was about. I was very impressed with the meal and the service. I talked to one of the servers and a hostess, and told them how impressed I was with the whole experience. All they could do was gush about how they loved their boss and her vision about what the restaurant should be.
I then got a chance to chat briefly with the chef, and praised both her skills as a chef and as an owner. She explained how she loved the size of the space, and how it enabled her to feed people in a personal way, which is what she wanted to do. Looking back on that brief conversation, I think she was trying to express what some of the female chefs were saying in that article. I'm not saying it was Chez Panisse, but it was solid, and had a great vibe about it. A good vibe can really make a meal better.
That was one of the nicest meals I have had in a restaurant in a while. The name of the restaurant is Kate's On State, in LaCrosse, WI. I'd post a link, but can't seem to find a website.