The San Francisco Chronicle’s Food and Wine staff selected five Rising Star Chefs was announced over the weekend “to find and highlight some of the Bay Area's freshest talent, those young chefs who we think are destined for stardom.” This year, once again, no women made the list. Alas.
The 2013 Rising Star Chefs aren't lacking in flavor, but it is missing a strong female presence. And for the past four years, no women have made the list. But this year, restaurant critic Michael Bauer is reacting to the backlash he’s getting, posting this article early this morning, kind of haphazardly listing local standout female chefs.
What's the missing link between these females cropping up in his head and actually making the rising stars list? We don’t know, exactly. (We don't blame the Chronicle so much as we do our city's XY-chromosone favoritism in the kitchen. Ironically enough.) For this part, Bauer posted a disappointed email he received regarding the female slight, and said he’d “love to hear from the rest of you.”
In related news, Kyle Itani, the ramen master at Hopscotch we featured in Friday's Eat This Tonightt, made the list. Rounding out the top five are: Devin Mc David, pastry chef at Quince and Cotogna; Robin Song, chef at Hog & Rocks; Mark Pensa, chef de cuisine at Acquerello; and Brandon Rodgers, chef de cuisine at Benu.