Blog: Women may be from Venus but can they cook?

Catherine Sleep | 24 October 2005

According to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, “the girls can’t cook”. Ramsay has been “visiting ladies' houses up and down the country with our film crew and you would be amazed how little cooking the girls are doing”. Apparently we little ladies are surviving on pre-prepared ready meals nowadays, and know more about fixing cocktails than fixing dinner.

In contrast, the men he’s encountered are allegedly cooking up a storm. Of course these controversial comments would have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Ramsay has a new TV show to promote, would they?

The picture Ramsay paints really doesn’t reflect the world I see around me. I’d say, on the whole, that women remain the more proficient everyday cooks, although some men are taking more interest, especially in what I call 'showpiece cooking' - dishes to impress supper guests.

But why the male/female distinction anyway? The gender issue isn’t so interesting these days. It puts me in mind of that book about Venus and Mars. What rubbish that was. Men are from Earth, women are from Earth too, just deal with it.

Mind you, my mother-in-law thinks I had the most incredible luck in landing a husband who is prepared to do the odd bit of housework. I try to tell her that times have changed. Joint responsibility for the house is the norm in our circle of friends. Any woman who ends up doing it all herself simply chose poorly, in my book.

How not to win (female) friends


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