rewriting James Beard's legacy
Chefs today dream of wearing his face around their necks. He’s the namesake for the annual James Beard Awards, more or less the Oscars of food. But an enormous part of Beard's life hardly factors into his legacy: his sexuality. This feature for VICE explores how the erasure of Beard's sexuality has roots in a broader straight male-dominated culture in professional kitchens. Despite the increasingly visible presence of queer culinary celebrities, the back of house can still prove hostile to LGBTQ people and, for many of the same reasons, cis-straight women. I reprised this topic and co-hosted this Pride-themed episode of the Racist Sandwich podcast.
"America's Most Influential Chef Was Gay as Hell" was published in VICE on May 1, 2017. The pride-themed episode of the Racist Sandwich podcast I co-hosted first aired on July 1, 2017.
Read the entire feature here.