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Violence in the Kitchen


Oct 05 2018


11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Violence in the Kitchen

[ Image: Dan Lacey, Trump Angry at Pancakes ]


Violence in the Kitchen

A Conversation with Colman Andrews, Sandra Gutierrez, and Kim Severson

In the kitchens and backrooms of restaurants around this country, sexual harassment and outright assault have long been tolerated, as we are learning in our #MeToo era. In fact, bullying chefs are sometimes even celebrated in popular culture, their abusive behavior indulged so that “culinary genius” might thrive. How did we get to this point, and what does the future of the food world hold for women and minority rights? The public is invited to join the Center for Documentary Studies’ Lecturing Fellow Kelly Alexander for this special convening of her course, “Our Culinary Cultures,” to discuss violence in the kitchen with invited guests Colman Andrews, Sandra Gutierrez, and Kim Severson.

Reading Material

Don’t Blame Michelle Obama for Disgusting School Lunches. Blame Big Agro by Kelly Alexander, The New Republic, October 10, 2014

Hometown Appetites by Kelly Alexander, Saveur, November 19, 2007

Close to the Bone by Colman Andrews, Saveur, September 11, 2007

The Bird and the Guide by Colman Andrews, Saveur, February 15, 2007

To Begin Where One Left Off, and Then Begin Again by Sandra Gutierrez, Oxford American, November 9, 2017

A Voice from the Nuevo South by Sandra Gutierrez, Oxford American, October 11, 2016

Food Writing in the #MeToo Era by Kim Severson, Times Insider, New York Times, July 16, 2018

Mildred Council, a Pillar of Southern Cooking, Is Dead at 89 by Kim Severson, New York Times, May 30, 2018

It’s Not Just “Kitchen Talk,” It’s Abuse by Jen Agg, Eater, September 6, 2018

As a Chef and a Woman, I Regret Joining the Boys’ Club by Naomi Pomeroy, Eater, June 21, 2018

Hosted by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, with co-sponsorship by the Center for Documentary Studies, the Department of Cultural Anthropology, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University.


Kelly Alexander

Kelly Alexander is a writer and an anthropologist of food based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For many years, she was a senior editor at Saveur magazine, where she won a James Beard Journalism Award for her reporting. Prior to joining Saveur, Alexander worked as an editor at Food &…...

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Colman Andrews

Colman Andrews, an internationally known food writer and editor, is an editor specializing in food topics for 24/ He was vice-president and editorial director of, and a co-founder and editor-in-chief of Saveur. He is the author of nine books on food, including cookbooks about the cuisines of Catalonia and…...

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Sandra Gutierrez

In a career that spans more than two decades, Sandra Gutierrez, food writer, cookbook author, and professional cooking instructor, has taught thousands how to cook. Born in the USA, this bilingual, award-winning author of four cookbooks is considered one of the top national experts on Latin American and Southern Regional…...

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Kim Severson

Kim Severson is a Southern-based correspondent who covers the nation's food culture for the New York Times. She reports on food news, contributes to NYT Cooking, and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for public service for reporting on workplace sexual harassment issues. She…...

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