If someone talks about a chef, the first thing which comes in your mind is a man. It’s like talking about Don in India and Shahrukh Khan or Amitabh Bachchan coming in your mind. But a Chef is a cook and Don is the devil one and as far as I know no one is a better cook than a women and a better devil than Dawood or D company.
Firstly let’s talk about who is a chef and who is a cook, only after that our confusion of chef equal to man will be cleared. Talking in simple terms, a chef is a professional cook, who holds a degree and does all the things in a more systematic and set way. A cook will be highly obliged if you will call him as a chef. Your mom at home is a cook but the one cooking at Taj Hotel is a chef.
These days the world of Chef is being dominated by men. Let’s take some examples of these, the most famous chef in India, Sanjeev Kapoor (Amitabh Bachchan of Cooking), most of the cookery shows is judged by male chefs, talking about chef, no one thinks about a woman, etc. Men are able to do the cooking in a more professional way, as required by the big restaurant that’s why they are dominating. It’s not like that women can’t do it in a professional way but for a woman it is much of a responsibility, especially in India. If a thing is done with responsibility, it comes out to be the finest outcomes. Here we can talk about two things, one is professionalism and other one is responsibility. Everyone excepts a profession to be done with responsibility but no one excepts a responsibility to be done with professionalism.
A boy or girl studying far from his home, always imagines of being in home and eating the best food in the world which mom cooks. There must be hundreds of restaurants in his/her area serving the best food but the common saying in India ‘Ghar ki baat hi kuch aur hoti hai’. Eating at a restaurant you can say ‘it’s awesome’ but eating in someone’s home, cooked by a woman, you will always say ‘bilkul ghar jaisa khana hai’.
The hours of standing, doing it in a professional way is what a man can do better, that’s why they are on the chef line. Women cook by heart and Men cook by hand. Everyone says that ‘one’s in a week we should go to restaurant’, this is because it brings some change and acts as a outing for the whole family not because the food there is better than home.
Here I want to share one of my own experiences. When I was back at home, on the occasion of Diwali, I planned to make Schezwan fired rice for everyone. While I was cooking my cousin was also standing there and noticing the way I was cooking. She told me that ‘This is the way of boys, even my bhaiya cooks that way. All you boys, take out a plate, chop tomatoes, move it aside, then chop onions, move it aside and so on with the other vegetables so that the plate looks like a colorful gathering of finely chopped vegetables while we and all other women, take out the vegetable, keeping it up on the kadhai, chop directly into it. You all pretend like a chef while cooking while we are born to cook’
So at last we come to the conclusion that Chef = Man but Chef is also a cook and women are the best cook.