The Top Female Chef is in This Remote Town
Meet the Young Female Chef Transforming Sushi Culture
Historically, women have been barred from becoming sushi chefs. Why? The myth is that a woman's period affects her body temperature and sense of smell, rendering her unable to properly handle fish (yeah, really).
Needless to say, Oona Tempest is not your typical sushi chef. As a 25-year-old woman and head chef for Sushi by Bae in downtown Manhattan, she's one of the youngest sushi chefs in New York City—and one of just a handful of women in this male-dominated field. Her road to the top has not been easy, but in a tradition long reserved for men, Oona has persevered in the face of sexism and gender stereotyping.
Tempest committed her life to sushi when she began an all-consuming apprenticeship with her master years ago. In the time since, she's perfected her craft and established herself as a true artisan. "I love making art and I love taking care of people; this craft allows me to do both of those things at once," she says. "While it may be difficult, I go home at the end of the day feeling like this is mine, I earned this."
Watch this inspiring video to learn more about Tempest's story and see her culinary skills in motion.
This is the fourth episode of One Woman, a video series by and Harper's Bazaar that profiles the endurance and adaptability of everyday women.
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