Our thanks to Nick for this. The start of the piece:
A female chef of the year award is sexist, chefs have complained, as they said that cooking “is not like sport”.
The World’s Best Female Chef accolade, won this year by British chef Clare Smyth, is awarded by The World’s Best 50 Restaurants, but there is no equivalent prize given out to male chefs.
Pip Lacey, former head chef at Murano, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Mayfair, described the women-only award as “odd”.
Ms Lacey, who is opening her own restaurant in London this summer, said: “I don’t get why we have to segregate the award – it’s a bit odd. I don’t see why you can’t compete with men, why there’s not just one category.
“It’s not like how in sport you are competing at a different physical level, I don’t think cooking is like that.”