NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - In a world dominated by men, women in New York are putting their best "food" forward.
"We are just hoping to influence the food industry and hospitality industry. To give everyone as many opportunities, chances to learn," said Sara Antes, the chef at Taylor Street Baristas in Midtown.
Antes is also the co-founder of Egaliteria.
"Egaliteria is an all-women's chef collective. So Egaliteria is taken from the word egalitarian which means that we're all entitled to equal rights and opportunities," Antes said. "And of course we got 'gal' and 'cafeteria' in there as well."
Antes started the group a few months ago with two other female chefs. Together they plan to host events and inspire other women to get ahead in this industry.
"Open a dialogue about how we can effect change in the industry," Antes said. "We are hoping to work with culinary schools with recent grads, get them jobs and job opportunities, lecture series, talks that kind of thing."
Her next step is to encourage other women to join the group and in turn become mentors for other young cooks.
Einat Admony is the chef and owner of three restaurants in New York. She has been working in a kitchen since she first moved to the city from Israel 20 years ago.
"You need to have very thick skin," she said about the industry.
This is Admony's advice for other women looking to break into the food world.
"Have a lot of faith and believe in what you are doing," Admony said. "It's hard work, it's long hours, but I always believe in any industry if you really believe in what you are doing it's going to work."