Women chefs are an anomaly in Italy, and for that matter, in most of Europe. In North America more and more women are stirring the pot in this male dominated industry, but here in Italy, the domain of the professional kitchen still remains an impenetrable bastion for women despite the fact that most great cooking stems from the domestic kitchens of the mamma. In Florence there are numerous celebrated male chefs, but rest assured, in every great kitchen there is also a female running around keeping all those male egos in check! Two such female gourmets who have worked hard in the shadow of male counterparts but have now earned their aprons are Beatrice Segoni and Benedetta Vitali. With over 50 years of combined experience working in professional, award-winning kitchens, these two women share another perspective for Italian females wishing to enter the “chef” profession.