Act like a man, think like a woman.
Jamie Oliver has a nifty trick for helping himself in the kitchen — by dipping into his “feminine traits” when cooking.
The British celebrity chef, 47, told the Times he “thinks like a woman” when he’s whipping up a meal and said male-centered kitchens are “not a good place to work.”
The “One: Simple One-Pan Wonders” author explained how male chefs are too focused on perfecting recipes and women are more intuitive with their cooking skills.
“As a young boy, getting a craft and this energy about Michelin stars and measurement and how you control nature as opposed to how you react to nature, which I think are more feminine traits like nourishment and more maternal feelings,” Oliver said. “If I’m ever good, I have to try and think like a woman.”
The “Naked Chef” host added: “If you want to see what bad looks like you go to a kitchen full of just men. It is not a good place to work so you need, we need, each other in the balance.”
His cooking program premiered in 1999 on the BBC and Oliver also explained how the show made him unfavorable among males around the UK.
“My relationship with men around the country was tough,” the Brit said.
“I got properly chased and roughed up a few times. [Men] had it easy and then all of a sudden their girlfriend or wife was like, ‘Look, there’s a foetus on TV here. If he can do it surely you can. You’re a 45-year-old man. I’ll have it once a week, you lazy bastard,’” he said.
Oliver announced last year that he would stop using the name “kaffir lime leaves” in his recipe books due to issues over the phrase’s racist undertones.
“I can confirm that we’re also making the change — to lime leaves — and won’t be using the term going forward,” a source told the Daily Mail in June 2021.
Oliver planned at the time to replace “kaffir lime leaves” with just “lime leaves” in the future.
Kaffir lime leaves are a popular ingredient in several Southeast Asian dishes. They are most popularly used in Indonesian traditional medicine and Thai coconut curry.
However, the word “kaffir” is an offensive slur that was used throughout history to refer to people of color, particularly in South Africa during the 20th century.