Chef Shanna O’Hea in National Culinary Review

Chef/Owner Shanna Horner O’Hea was featured in The National Culinary Review’s January 2012 issue in the article, “A Woman’s World?” by Jan Greenberg.

A Woman’s World?

Female chefs are making it to the top of the commercial kitchen—long the domain of males.
Let’s do the numbers. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 14% of chefs and head cooks nationwide are women. Out of the San Francisco Chronicle’s 2011 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants, only 15 women headed up kitchens, prompting the newspaper’s April 6 Inside Scoop to ask “What happened to all the women chefs?” For the past two years, only two women out of 20 were named Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs.
National Culinary Review - January 2012That being said, women now make up almost 50% of the national enrollment in culinary schools and about 25% of culinary instructors. They are omnipresent on television shows and the Food Network and in print media. The White House executive chef is a woman, and last year’s James Beard Award Best Chef in New York is female, as well.

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About The Kennebunk Inn

The Chefs/Owners of The Kennebunk Inn and its restaurant, Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern met when they were students at The Culinary Institute of America. They have appeared on “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Chopped,” “Rewrapped,” and “Beat Bobby Flay” on the Food Network and on the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise.” They have also appeared in Oprah Winfrey’s “O” The Magazine. The O’Heas have been guest chefs at Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Houston’s “Sugar Land Food & Wine Affair, Boca Raton’s “Boca Bacchanal” Food & Wine Festival, and on Holland America Cruise Line.