Celebrity chef and out lesbian Susan Feniger is the author of several cookbooks and star of Food Network’s long-running series, Too Hot Tamales. Most recently, Feniger was the last female chef standing on Top Chef Masters. Her latest venture, Street, a Hollywood restaurant offering global street vendor foods, is her first solo foray into the business of eating. She recently talked to us about her restaurant, her experiences competing on Top Chef Masters, and how she ended up making an inexplicable appearance on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
AfterEllen.com: Congratulations on your great run on Top Chef Masters! What was that experience like?
AE: Really? I went to IMDb and I’m not so sure about that.
AE: Well of course there was your hit show Too Hot Tamales, which you hosted with long-time cooking partner Mary Sue Milliken. You also appeared on Hell’s Kitchen, The Next Food Network Star, should I go on?
AE: Obviously, the show is a competition, but as you were all established food gurus competing for charity, was the environment a supportive one?
AE: Has your new restaurant, Street, been flooded with business?
AE: Is it just me, or are a lot of female chefs gay?
It’s a rigorous profession, very demanding. It could have been, years ago, more gay women did it because they weren’t having kids, but you can’t say that anymore. I don’t know.
AE: Maybe lesbians are just better at cooking.
AE: This is a lesbian website! Say "yes." People will love it!
AE: Consider it said.
I feel incredibly lucky to have found a profession where I go to work every day and I absolutely love it. Like, I was in India with my mouth hanging open just learning and learning. It’s a great career where you are feeding people and nurturing and giving back.