In Madison, Wis., 23-year-old Francesca Hong is the only woman leading an upscale restaurant. "You do have to fight to prove yourself a little bit more," Hong says. The situation in Madison highlights an industry-wide phenomenon: very few women hold the title of executive chef. Cooking professionals says it's not because women lack talent, but for some reason, women tend to gravitate toward other areas of the culinary arts, such as catering or becoming a personal chef.
Why so few female executive chefs?
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