AbstractsEducation Research & Administration

Celebrity Chefs and Maculinities among Male Cookery Trainees in Vocational Education

by Nanna Friche

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: fagidentitet; Erhvervsuddannelse; maskulinitet; Køn; Vocational Education and Training; gender and learning; gender and educational training; history of education; gender and professional change
Record ID: 1120897
Full text PDF: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2014.927901


The purpose of this article is to examine how media-generated professional identities in the culinary sector are reflected in Danish male cookery students’ narratives about their own identity, experiences and expectations about the trade. Hence, this study takes its starting point in studies that show how the broad popularity of the culinary profession – almost exclusively through male chefs – seems to be attracting more male students to the cooking programme. The previous research indicates, however, that there is a risk of unfulfilled expectations when cookery students realise the hard work involved in working in a professional kitchen. It is this contrast between the media presentation and the practical reality of a profession like cookery that we wish to explore from the students’ perspective.