Summary of “He Cooks, She Cooks. He Elevates, She Relates.”

Are great chefs also great artists? They could be-if being “Great” is taken as read. Food has appeared in art since time immemorial.
The program defines the “Great” chef on these terms, just as the canon of fine art defines the great artist.
Greatness even becomes pedigree; male chefs can even call their own work great while knocking women’s down.
RĂ©ne Redzepi reclaiming Nordic ingredients and identity is great; Alex Atala reclaiming Brazilian food as elevated is great; Christina Tosi reclaiming childhood nostalgia is relatable.
Whether a great male chef, a great male author, or a great male filmmaker, Kennedy is certain that greatness breeds premature forgiveness: “The idea of greatness, of course, is so deeply tied to white, patriarchal, capitalist notions of worth. I suspect that’s what makes it so difficult for us to let go of the heroes we’ve built up, such as Batali. If he was a great chef, someone who succeeded in all the ways we are taught are significant, then surely there must be some way to forgive him his trespasses?”.
Cooking together is radical; eating together is revolutionary; the chefs and restaurateurs who support the communities around them are great; the people who ask if everyone is OK before service are great; white chefs can still be great.
First, asking whether “Great” chefs can be “Great” artists perpetuates the public reproducibility of one kind of greatness.
Perhaps great chefs can be great artists, and perhaps food can be nourishment and art, without cleaving a distinction that alienates entire demographics and cultures.

The orginal article.