LGBT Pride Month is celebrated every June to recognize the contributions of LGBT people around the world. And what's a celebration without food? This week, we honor Character Approved gay and lesbian chefs in restaurants (and food trucks) coast to coast. Check some of them out in the slide show below!
Elizabeth Falkner. Speaking of coast to coast, Falkner just closed her beloved, groundbreaking San Francisco pastry shop Citizen Cake to move to Brooklyn and open Krescendo, a Neapolitan pizzeria. That’s her outside the pizzeria in the top photo too. She should do well there--she just won first prize at the World Pizza Championships in Naples, Italy.
Gregory Gourdet. On the way to his role as Chef de Cuisine in Portland, Oregon’s Departure Restaurant + Lounge, this native New Yorker washed dishes in Missoula, Montana, then returned to NYC to cook for Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The Asian flavors that were a constant subtext there are the inspiration for the modern, accessible Asian cuisine Gourdet creates at Departure.
Anita Lo. Executive chef and owner of New York’s Annisa, the award-winning Lo has been named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs in America.” In her restaurant, she combines flavors inspired by her Asian roots, her travels, and seasonal influences with her classic French technique. Reflecting on what she sees as the high ratio of gay-to-straight executive female chefs, she wonders whether gay women are "less bound by societal norms and therefore get further in this field?”
Che and Tadd Ruddell-Tabisola. For Che and husband Tadd, barbecue is food to be shared. Their food truck, the BBQ Bus, brings that sense of community to the streets of Washington, DC, along with comfort food classics. They also sell their sauces by the half pint and pint, in case you want to barbecue at home.
Christine Keff. In a town not hurting for great seafood, Seattle’s Flying Fish is still a gem. James Beard award-winning chef/owner Keff has been a pioneer in sourcing unusual varieties of fish that later become staples on other restaurant menus. Here, we see her at the counter of On The Fly, the take-out shop she runs next door, letting people enjoy her fresh takes on seafood at home.
Mark Baratelli. For someone who’s not a chef, Baratelli cooks up a lot of culinary excitement in Orlando, Florida. As the producer of The Food Truck Bazaar, he turned a one-time, one-city event into monthly events in half a dozen Central Florida cities with a thousand or more hungry diners at each stop. He’s also owner/publisher of The Daily City, a site promoting all things Orlando.
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