The Kitchen Beast: Sajin Renae Perino, Culinary Research & Development, & Chef at The Cookery
Chef. Mom. Vegetarian. Workout fiend. Sajin Perino manages the delicate balance of work, family and self-care with style. It’s an admirable enough accomplishment for any woman anywhere, but Perino works in a traditionally male-dominated field. She is a chef, cooking in a thronged Dobbs Ferry restaurant.
Is it hard to be a woman working in allmale kitchens?
“I’d say it’s hard if you allow it be hard— if you allow generalizations about your gender or your expected kitchen roles to define you. It’ll depend on your personality, of course—how thick-skinned you are and how well you get along with other people—but, personally, I haven’t had a tough time. I’m confident in myself as a woman. I’m confident in my skills. I know I can hold my own.”
It helps that Perino stands six-feet-two and is incredibly fit.
“My height as a woman is commanding: It’s something that you can’t ignore. But if you carry yourself with confidence, whether you’re tall or short—if you have confidence, and don’t allow yourself to be questioned because of your gender—then you shouldn’t have a problem. But, I have to say, being tall has been an advantage.”
THE COOKERY | 39 Chestnut St., Dobbs Ferry