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“Feminine Cuisine” at Montreal’s High Lights Festival

Women Who Have Fought for Their Place in the Kitchen

Female Chefs When your profession is dominated by male workaholics, the climb to the top can be dangerous. At 22, Renata Vanzetto has the scars to prove it: they run in ridges along her forearms and intersect the lines on her hands. But today, her biggest challenge is not to smile.

“Our lips are splitting. It’s too cold for us,” she says, looking stoically out the window of Beaver Hall restaurant at downtown Montreal’s sub-zero chill. She has flown in from her São Paulo home as one of 50 top women chefs from five continents to cook special menus for this year’s High Lights festival. The talk of the town here is “feminine cuisine,” but whether or not one believes in such a thing — Vanzetto claims she can always tell when a woman is cooking — all of the chefs share a creative approach, and each has a compelling history.

— Story continues at The National Post


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