These Industry Powerhouses Are Shaking It Up For Women’s History Month

Georgia has some powerhouse players steering the food and bev industry -and a lot of them are women. And yet, Women’s History has only been a holiday for 23 years.

So, all those awesome things women were doing for… the rest of forever... barely had their moments to shine.

Not to worry though, The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are working on it. The entire history of awesome women should be documented in no time, guys.

In the meantime, we’re making up for it by highlighting three female chefs in Georgia that are making history in the food and ag-industries right now.

Georgia Grown Talent

As far as history goes, the South is rich with it. Our land, our culture, and our people can be traced way, way back in time -and so can our food. In order to combine two exuberant histories, The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has committed to sharing the food and beverage traditions of the South through the lens of an all-female advisory council for 2018.

There has been an issue of women and chefs of color not getting the limelight.
— Dominique Love, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival co-founder, quoted in a prepared statement

We love this move! Out of the 59 women that make up the Council, 15 of them are representing the great state of Georgia. Below, see how our three of them are making waves in Georgia’s food and ag-industry.

Chef Asha Gomez

Champion of Indian-Southern blend food, Asha Gomez is changing the actual job description for chefs. Boldly stating that a chef can still be a chef without being on the line, Chef Gomez is in the field as an educator and community builder.

As our Farm’d community knows, having a healthy and excited group of people in the passenger seat of the food industry is just as important as the industry itself -and those are the kinds of chefs Gomez is advocating for.

I think chefs are going to realize that you don’t necessarily need to be in a kitchen cooking to be relevant in the food world.
— Chef Asha Gomez

Chef Whitney Otawka

As a Southern transplant by way of California, Whitney Otawka’s foodie/chef lifestyle is reaching Georgians on as many platforms as possible. Have you ever seen a picture that instantly strikes you as beautiful? Imagine that, but x10 better and on Instagram, Twitter, and a personal website.

Otawka invites Georgians directly into her kitchen on Cumberland Island to share raw behind-the-scenes, gorgeous plates of food, and beautiful snaps of her lifestyle via tech. Get small doses from her Instagram, or learn fresh (and beautiful, always beautiful) recipes on her website’s blog. We’d call that a tech win!

This year is all about putting pencil to paper, learning to be a better writer, and continuing to share my philosophy on good food.
— Chef Whitney Otawka

Jordan Hill Booker

If anyone can make French and Southern food healthy, it’s going to be Jordan Hill Booker. Classically trained with French culinary techniques and an entire heritage of Southern cooking at her disposal, Booker is blending and fusing her way around Georgia.

Chef Booker recently used her perspective and skills at the James Beard House, which hosted her and two other Atlanta-based food and bev powerhouses late in February. With a keen sense of racial inequities and gender representation in the industry, Booker addressed these issues on a national stage, and we are so thankful.

Guess what’s for dinner? Goodness, that’s what!
— Chef Jordan Hill Booker

Keep up with your local movers and shakers by keeping up with the Farm’d blog, where we’re sharing insider tips with you twice weekly. We’re rolling out farmer features, so you can learn more about Georgia’s producers on Farm’d and about the food we eat.