Culinary no-no #530

This week the no-no has a Labor Day angle that, in true Culinary no-no fashion we’ll get to later.

Our no-no travels to…

Melbourne, Australia.

More specifically…

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The Handsome Her restaurant.

This is a vegan cafe.

You know what that means.

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Home made bechamel, layered pumpkin and sauteed mushrooms, tomato and herb mozzarella, five spice crumble, pea purée and an almond feta and heirloom tomato salad.

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Layered mushrooms, pumpkin, home made bechamel and shredded cheese in a beetroot brioche bun with pea mousse, five spice crumble, heirloom tomatoes and an almond feta salad.

You get the idea.

Normally that would be more than enough to warrant a Culinary no-no. I wouldn’t serve that to my neighbor’s dog.

But that’s not the no-no.

From the restaurant’s Facebook page:

Community based cafe focusing on female empowerment, social responsibility and environmental justice.


That explains the worldwide attention this cafe “created by women by women” has received in the past month.

Enter Handsome Her and you’ll immediately see how they run the place.

So, to recap:

Handsome Her addresses what it believes to be the gender pay gap by charging men more, 18% more.  Owner Alex O’Brien reportedly has said the tax is optional and that so far, nobody has refused to pay.

Women are granted priority seats.

To read all the media stories about Handsome Her, everybody loves the concept, and it’s the greatest humanitarian effort of all time. The restaurant did take some heat and couldn’t understand why, as it posted on Facebook:

Well, it’s been a hectic couple of days. Who would have thought one little chalkboard would cause such a stir?

Notes from the real world – yesterday and today we were jam-packed with customers showing their support. I had a woman bring her daughters in today and when she came up to the till and saw our gorgeous vulva stones and our period sticker packs she beamed, thanked us for what we were doing and said “what a beautiful place to take my daughters”… I swelled with pride.

We’ve had men travel across town to visit us and pay “the man tax” and throw some extra in the donation jar – guys, you’re pretty neat.

Many thanks are in order to the local community who have come up with so many of the concepts and pillars that underpin HH, but most importantly I need to thank my incredible staff who have taken all of this in their stride.

It’s not every day that your boss pulls you into her fire-pit of feminism and you have to quickly become warriors and defend where you work and what you do on a level that others never do. You have not only been incredibly strong, proud and supportive, but nurturing and protective as well.

In three days we have opened the cafe, withstood a social media storm, hosted a joyously entertaining trivia night for a fabulous women’s network, and gotten Australia talking about the long forgotten gender pay gap.

Thank you to everybody for coming along for the ride 🙂

Does the restaurant pay its female workers more than its male workers? I ‘d like to know.

While radical feminists and the liberal media gleefully celebrate, my counter reaction is short and sweet.

The definition of “discrimination” is clear.

treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit

You do not confront or try to end what you believe to be discrimination with more discrimination.

Lets look again at the sign inside the restaurant and focus on #3.

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It’s apparent Handsome Her doesn’t practice what it preaches.


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