Heston Blumenthal has claimed that women chefs aren’t reaching the same levels as men in the industry due to ‘evolution’ and women not being able to lift heavy pots and pans after childbirth.
The molecular gastronomer, 53, also said that male chefs are shocked when women stand up for themselves in the kitchen.
London-born Blumenthal, who has five Michelin stars across two restaurants, made the comments after being asked why there aren’t more women represented at the top level of the industry.
He told the Economic Times: ‘I have always employed female chefs, but historically and ultimately, the body clock starts working. It’s evolution, and it is one thing to have a 9-5 job and quite another to be a chef with kids. So, that makes it difficult, the physical strain of lifting heavy pots and pans’
Heston Blumenthal has said women chefs aren’t reaching the same levels as men in the industry due to evolution and women not being able to lift heavy pots and pans after childbirth (pictured in the kitchen at the Fat Duck in Bray)
Despite his comments, the celebrity chef added he thinks his industry is much better than it was 15 years ago, when women had to be ‘tough as old boots’ to be successful.
Now, he said, they are less likely to put up with sexist behaviour in the kitchen and to fight back when it does occur.
He added that: ‘Quite frankly, men have asked for this; they’ve brought it on themselves,’ he said.
‘The shock of women standing up for themselves is strong and men get really insecure’ he added.
Femail had contacted Heston Blumenthal for comment.
It comes as the Michelin Guide, released this week, was dominated by male chefs, with favourite Core by Clare Symth missing out on a third star.
Despite his comments, the celebrity chef added he thinks his industry is much better than it was 15 years ago, when women had to be ‘tough as old boots’ to be successful (pictured in the Fat Duck in Bray)
Last year, the Northern Irish chef was crowned the best female chef in the world in a ceremony in Bilbao.
Speaking to Bloomberg at the time, Smyth, who grew up in County Antrim, said: ‘This award shines a light on women’s success and gives people like me the opportunity to talk about how we can support and mentor the next generation.
‘When we see women represented in numbers in lists like these, then we will have changed the industry for the better and these awards will no longer be needed.’
Heston himself if a father-of-four, sharing three children with his first wife Zanna.
The couple met as teenagers when he was a credit controller and she was a nurse., and married in 1989.
After the couple split seven years ago as Blumenthal went through a self-confessed crisis and began to question everything in his life.
Last year, he married French estate agent Stephanie Gouveia, the mother of his youngest child.
Source : Mail Online