Female chef discusses glass ceiling in NYC restaurant industry

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WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — How about some beet pickled deviled eggs or fried oysters with kohlrabi slaw or duck meatballs "porcupine style?"

For the third year in a row, the Williamsburg restaurant Delaware and Hudson has earned a Michelin star.

Of the 13 newcomers to the Michelin guide of best restaurants in New York City, none has a female chef at the helm and that is no surprise to the female chef and owner of Delaware and Hudson.

There are a lot of really talented women out there," Patti Jackson, chef at Delaware and Hudson, told PIX11. "But they are mostly unsung."

Of the 77 restaurants in the five boroughs that now have at least one Michelin star only six women are in charge of the kitchens.

To some there's clearly a glass ceiling in the kitchen with female chefs earning about 28 percent less than their male counterparts.

"It pains me, but I am aware that's true," Jackson said. "It's pretty hard to have a family, if you work 12 to 15 hour days, 6 days a week," she added.

The general manager loves this female Chef's enthusiasm. "It's incredible to see her work," Andrew Geich said.

Patti Jackson began as a pastry chef and she continues to deliver her signatures desserts to her customers.

"We came here because we knew it was a really great restaurant," Mary Gayle Meyer, a customer, told PIX11. "And then to find out the chef is a woman. I love to support great women!"

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