Numerous high-end restaurants have declared support for racial justice. For some Black women chefs, the statements ring hollow.
At the height of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, numerous chefs and restaurant owners voiced their support for racial justice and anti-discrimination initiatives. But just how many of these values are reflected in their own kitchens and dining rooms? For Black women who worked at some of the country’s highest-end restaurants, these declarations ring hollow, contradicting their personal experiences at work. Behind the scenes, they say, they’ve encountered patterns of sexist and racist mistreatment from both peers and higher-ups, with experiences ranging from the denial of mentorship to harassment from senior staff. The New York Times has the feature here.