In a recent, impassioned social media post, Rob Connoley, chef and owner of Bulrush restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri, lamented the continued unwelcoming environment many queer cooks face in the pro kitchen, and the limited opportunities for advancement and ownership available to even accomplished queer chefs. We invited Rob to return to the pod and expand on his thoughts and observations on this important subject. In this short but textured conversation Rob discusses lingering prejudices, widely perceived barriers to advancement and financing, and the sometimes inadvertent hurt caused even by friends and allies.
And if you haven’t heard it before, be sure also to check out Andrew’s recent biographical interview with Rob.
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