A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen : Panel Event & Book Signing – Tuesday 11th June 2024

Date: Tuesday, 11th June 2024

Time: 6pm-8.30pm

Location: Halifax HQ
First Floor
118-132 New Oxford Street
London, WC1A 1HL

Price: Early Bird Discounted Tickets - £10 (plus booking fee)

Tickets: Available here

A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen – Panel Event & Book Signing

Women in the Food Industry are hosting an event centred around the launch of Sally Abé’s debut memoir – A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen – a chef’s dispactches from behind the pass. Sally’s book is about her journey of becoming an award-winning chef in the brutal world of restaurant kitchens. It is also a stirring manifesto which shows how we can change them for the better. Meet an inspiring panel of women who are working to bring hope for the culinary landscape’s future.

Woman Place in The Kitchen Panellists

The dominant view of a professional kitchen is one of chaos and pent-up fury – a gladiatorial contest of male ego. Why then do we also hear the misogynistic refrain that women ‘belong in the kitchen’ if, in a professional context, they’re all but erased from them?

Our panel will explore the hot topic of women in professional kitchens , what it’s like working in that environment and how professional kitchens are portrayed by the media. Does the media portrayal shape what we expect from kitchens? Why has this macho environment been tolerated for so long? What can we do to change the culture in professional kitchens?

Mex Ibrahim co-founder of Women in the Food Industry worked with Sally when they were both at leading recipe website Great British Chefs. Mex will chair this thought provoking panel with the following dynamic speakers:

Sally Abé is a fine-dining chef at the top of her profession. She has worked in some of the best establishments in the UK, including The Savoy, The Ledbury, retained a Michelin star at The Harwood Arms, the UK’s #1 gastropub and featured in the 2020 and 2022 seasons of the BBC’s Great British Menu. She currently runs The Pem, named after the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, which boasts a team of 80% women producing some of the finest dishes in London. She was named Female Chef of the Year in 2021 by SquareMeal, and was shortlisted for GQ’s overall Chef of the Year in 2021. Her other work includes supporting women in the hospitality industry and creating fairer, safer, and happier living standards within kitchens across the UK.

Amanda Ross, is the CEO & Co-Founder of Cactus TV, who amongst other shows, has produced the multi-award winning show, Saturday Kitchen, for 18 years. Amanda is a strong champion of women in the food industry and shares why this is important. She recorded a podcast for Women in The Food Industry where she candidly explored her experience of working as woman in the TV world. In that podcast we learnt more about Saturday Kitchen & what Amanda looks for as guests for the popular BBC show.

Antonia Lloyd is a producer of award-winning TV cookery and professional chef competition formats and a regular Food and Features Writer and Ambassador for Women in the Food Industry. She has been Series Editor of BBC Two’s flagship series Great British Menu for the last five years, has won a Bafta for BBC’s MasterChef: the Professionals, and has worked with the UK’s top chefs for two decades from Monica Galetti to Mary Berry, Gordon Ramsay to Michel Roux Jr. For Women in the Food Industry, she interviews trailblazing women chefs to shine a spotlight on the changing industry, reviews the very best new cookbooks and writes features.

Mursal Saiq was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, raised in Mumbai, India and then grew in Hackney, London. Her family were forced to evacuate their home and give it up to members of the Taliban during the Afghan 1990’s civil war. During uni she worked part time in street food markets & met Josh Moroney. Together, they opened Cue Point Ldn, an inclusive catering company, named one of Time Outs best London restaurants. Merging British and Afghan flavours, specialising in smoked meats, it creates inclusive and delicious recipes. Cue Point Kitchen, is the a social impact arm of the business and focuses on building the generational wealth of racialised individuals in the hospitality industry.

A Womans Place is in the Kitchen - Sally Abe

‘Wow. Sally’s book is an insightful, honest account of a young cook’s journey to an inspirational chef‘ Angela Hartnett

Sally really tells it how it is . . . This book will be a go to for those needing that bit of bravery and resilience in a world that needs more people like her’ Candice Brown

A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen is published by Fleet on 6th June 2024 and is set to become a classic!

At our panel and Q& A come prepared to discuss the issues raised by Sally’s memoir including:

If women belong in kitchens, why are they all but erased from professional ones?

How can women make a mark for themselves in professional kitchens?

Does this mean becoming more like men?

What role does the media have in reflecting what takes place in professional kitchens?

Is the manic drama seen in shows like Boiling Point & Great British Menu a reality or can kitchens run successfully with a different culture?

A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen book signing

From 8pm Sally will be available to sign copies of her book

Event Highlights:

Don’t miss this experience where you can meet the people who are working to change the culture of how women are seen in kitchens. Join us in celebrating an evening where women can rise in the ranks of professional kitchens without compromising their personalities, lifestyles or families ! The event is open to all – men and women!


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