Manning Up in the Kitchen - Changing the way we Talk Turkey in 2013

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Manning Up in the Kitchen - Changing the way we Talk Turkey in 2013.

Men in the kitchenMen in the kitchen is a growing trend. Credit popular TV shoes such as Top Chef, Chopped, and the notoriety of famous male chefs who frequent The Food Network. Bobby Flay, Michael Chiarello, Robert Irvine, and Guy Fieri are portrayed as masculine and adventurous, and yes they happen to cook well too.

Regardless of the reason, more and more men are getting comfortable with a role in the kitchen. A consultant for the Food Republic, a website for male chefs, is celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. Samuelsson says, “The kitchen is the new garage. The cool gadgets and tools are now in the kitchen."



A first for Butterball - Manning Up for their turkey hotline.


This trend isn’t lost on one of the country’s biggest poultry producers. Butterball’s Turkey Hotline has been staffed with operators for 32 years. Women who have offered advice on how to handle the often overwhelming tasks of turkey making during the holidays.

For the first time ever Butterball is adding male operators to their popular Turkey Talk Line. According to the company, when the talk line started in 1980, only 9% of the calls were from men. But now, it’s one in four.


Manning Up the Home Buying Process.

Those of us who sell homes should pay attention. Assuming a male buyer is more interested in the garage, or a an outside shop area, rather than a kitchen might represent outdated thinking.

If chef Samuelsson is right, and the kitchen is the new garage for men, both builders and Realtors would be wise to take note. If manning up in the kitchen continues as a growing trend - it may well change the face of homes and home-buying preferences.


It's certainly changed the way we Talk Turkey in 2013.

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Tom White
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Debb, while I'm not the cook in our kitchen by any means, two of my grown sons are the main cooks in their kitchens. Your point that the kitchen can be the domain of both sexes is really important. I've been aware of it, but I haven't really thought about the implications of it until I read your post. Great post, and timely too. Suggested.

Nov 09, 2013 01:01 AM #4
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Anita Clark
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Debb: With my crazy schedule I spend less time in the kitchen then I would like.  My husband cooks the basics but would definitely prefer the garage to the kitchen anyday.

Nov 09, 2013 01:10 AM #5
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I will watch for you video Janis - look forward to it...

Dick, I must confess, I did think of you ( and my husband) when I wrote this. I know both of you spend more time in the kitchen than your wives.  I like the trend - and I'm a well fed and happy woman.

Nov 09, 2013 02:39 AM #6
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Debbie - so good to hear from you. I like your Thanksgiving tradition of hiking and PBJ's.  As for the kitchen duties this year, I know your husband will be glad to take over for you.  Keep resting and getting stronger.

Thank you Tom. I appreciate the suggest and your visit. Yes, younger men are really embracing this too...although, my husband is more involved in the kitchen than my sons at this point.

Hi Anita - I'm the one who likes to work in the yard - my husband is normally inside - playing with a new recipe. Haha.

Nov 09, 2013 02:42 AM #7
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Debb- I enjoy cooking but since my husband retired, he has proven to be a better true cook.  He actually reads the recipes, learns about the chemistry behind something and makes home made pasta.  

Nov 09, 2013 03:18 AM #8
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Exactly Kathy - it sounds familiar.  

Nov 09, 2013 05:41 AM #9
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Debb,

What a fun post, and I love that men like to cook.  Ron is excellent at cheese soufflee, as well as chocolate.  He is adding to his repertoire these days.  Good for butterball.  A

Nov 09, 2013 08:55 AM #10
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Debb, I know a number of men who, when they retire, take over the bulk of the cooking chores in a household. Their wives love it--after 40 years of daily cooking, they are happy to relinquish that task.

Nov 09, 2013 10:34 AM #11
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Kathy Sheehan
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Debb, I was just having this conversation with a builder client about two weeks ago.  Great point!

Nov 09, 2013 10:45 AM #12
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Debb, That is one question I ask my couples is whose the chef. It is very telling then I can show the house accordingly and direct the kitchen to the right person. More and more men are becoming really good chefs.

Nov 09, 2013 10:07 PM #13
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Hi Alexandra - if I could just teach Bernie ( my husband) that it's fun to clean up. Lol. Maybe we need more "cleaning" gadgets. I just spent 45 minutes spiffing up the kitchen counters and hardwood floors after his cooking spree last night.

Yes Lottie!

Kathy - builders should be aware of this. Men like really tricked out kitchens. ;)

Nov 09, 2013 11:30 PM #14
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Debbie, good for you. Assuming just doesn't work. Times are a changing...

Nov 09, 2013 11:30 PM #15
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Hi Debb -- I've seen quite a few male clients spend more time in the kitchen than the garage while looking at homes. 

Nov 10, 2013 01:15 AM #16
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Joan Cox
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Debb, I do think this trend is changing too, and like you have pointed out, men are taking charge in the kitchen.   With many couples both working, nice to see this trend.

Nov 10, 2013 01:26 AM #17
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Hi Debb, great post and one I want my husband to readi. He use to cook 2-3 times a week, but since moving to West Virginia he doesn't cook. 

Nov 10, 2013 08:42 AM #18
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Marco Giancola
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Hi Debb-I realllllly like this post! As a trained chef myself and someone that knows his way around a kitchen I take great delight in all aspects of this "trend". All of the great chefs from Europe were all male so I think its strange that American males find it unmanly or at least did. My dad is a great baker and you should see the Thanksgiving feast we produce together as my mother and sisters watch (helplessly), they are good cleaner uppers tho:)

Nov 11, 2013 12:24 AM #19
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You know it Michael.

Hi Joan, I agree.

Rebecca - that's interesting - wonder why?

Hi Marco. That's cool to know about you. And, yes you're right about the European chefs.  Yes, women ( in this house) are good cleaners too. ;)

Nov 11, 2013 12:29 AM #20
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I have heard that a trend is happening.  Just not with me.

Nov 17, 2013 05:02 AM #21
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Hahaha. That's okay, you might be the exception - and I'm sure you are NOT alone.

Nov 17, 2013 06:21 AM #22
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Yes we are comfortable in kitchen.  I will not fall dead of starvation in front of a full refrigerator.

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