Rob Connoley

Supporting Queer Cooks & Chefs with Rob Connoley (An Andrew Talks to Chefs Special Conversation)

Photo credit: Bulrush.

In a recent, impassioned social media post, Chef Rob Connoley, chef and owner of Bulrush restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri, lamented the continued unwelcoming environment many queer cooks face in the professional kitchen, and the limited opportunities for advancement and ownership available to even accomplished queer chefs.

Andrew invited Chef Rob to return to the podcast and expand on his thoughts and observations on this important subject. In this short but textured conversation, Chef Rob discusses lingering prejudices, widely perceived barriers to advancement and financing and the sometimes inadvertent hurt caused even by friends and allies. 

The Dish Book cover

If you haven’t heard it before, be sure also to check out Andrew’s recent biographical interview with Rob. Andrew’s next book "The Dish: The Lives and Labor Behind One Plate of Food" is now available for preorder! Please consider purchasing your copy/copies in advance and help the book have a great lift-off.

This episode of Andrew Talks to Chefs, a fully independent podcast hosted by Andrew Friedman, was published with permission. 

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