THE BAD BITCHES talk BODY

As women in the food & beverage industry, we are constantly asked about our eating habits, questions never posed to our male counterparts. "How do you keep your figure?", "Do you eat everything you make?", or "Do you feel guilty about eating?" So, we have decided to answer these questions once and for all.

We have asked seventeen women of the industry to strip down and talk about their body, love for food, eating habits, and the industry in their own words and inspiring words of others. We call it: Bad Bitches Talk Body

 
 

NAME | Sarah Adams // OCCUPATION | Chef

"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti." 

- Sophia Loren

I love vegetables. There is nothing more inspiring to me, but I also get drunk and eat burgers. I love my body - all 170lbs of it. I would love for people to stop criminalizing food and learn to enjoy it. If not, you are missing out on the best part of life. 

 
 

NAME |  Nikki Anhalt // OCCUPATION | Fierce Hostess &  Beverage Director

My body:

... has no sharp edges

... can handle all the whiskey

... is strong

... is fueled by peanut butter ... has never felt better

... mistakes wine for water

... is a god damned wonderland

My body isn't sorry and neither am I. I am Nikki Anhalt and I am a Bad Bitch.

 

"Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together."

-Elizabeth Taylor

 
 

NAME | Lana // OCCUPATION | HOSTESS AT FIG (Charleston, SC)

"Generations of women in my family have taught me the importance of food. It fuels our bodies and comforts our souls." - Lana

The Stage Delicatessen was open for 75 years - forty of those years under the eyes of my grandfather and father. My grandfather was a Holocaust survivor and worked his way up through the industry. I started working there when I was eleven as a host and then eventually as a cashier. I always imagined myself returning to NYC to work there, but with the closure, I have made Charleston my home. I've loved the industry ever since I can remember and I think a lot of it has to do with my strong connection to my grandfather and his love for the business. But, with the female side of things, both my grandmother and mother helped run the restaurant. I often worked in the office with my mother to see both sides of things.

 
 

NAME | Jodi // OCCUPATION | Sommelier

"We were weighed in 5th grade during gym - What are you then, eleven? - My teacher announced loudly, so everyone could hear, that I was the first girl to weigh 100lbs. I remember thinking, 'She's trying to shame me!'. So, I threw my hands up, Rocky-style, and said 'YES! I'm number 1!' I have never let anyone make me feel poorly about my body since that moment in 1981." - Jodi

"Food has always equaled love in my family. I keep the people I love neck-deep in food, always, just like my mother and aunt did. My mom died at 43 from breast cancer. I am 45. How grateful I am to have this curvy, strong, delicious body that works so hard. Could I weigh less? Could I exercise more? Sure. Who cares? I eat and drink whatever I want. The last time I paid to work out was in 2012. I'm on my feet and up and down stairs with wine every day. I'm proud of every inch of this body and of every single minute of my 45 years." - Jodi

 
 

NAME | Emily Hahn  // OCCUPATION | Chef at Warehouse & Parlor Deluxe, Charleston, SC

"My parents divorced when I was only one year old. While they remained a strong parental unit, I shared time between two households. At my mother's house, "snacks" were Granny Smith apple slices and cubes of Vermont extra sharp yellow cheddar. A solid lunch in a brown paper bag was Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Bread, turkey breast + provolone cheese, salted and peppered, Fig Newtons and pretzel sticks. Dinner with my mother was always very healthy, and sometimes to a small child, a little scary -- enter the large bubbling pot of snot green, split pea soup. It lasted for what seemed to be weeks. I never knew she struggled on her own for all of those years. I thought peanut butter and jelly saltine cracker sandwiches were a special treat at the week's end, not a sign of money being tight.

My father and stepmother's house was a different story. Much different. My father's signature dish was baked chicken breast covered in American cheese with my stepmother's favorite: frozen vegetables and boxed mashed potatoes. Yes, I said it: granulated potato product out of a box, smothered in canned gravy and sour cream. I loved every minute of it. Lunches too, were different. Stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth white bread, Oscar Meyer Bologna, yellow mustard, and Kraft singles. Little Debbie anything, and mini bags of the variety pack of whatever artificially colored and flavored chip. No fruit. Unless it came out of plastic and had the words "roll-up" after it. I loved every lunch my Dad made for me. 

I watch my figure. I obsess over it, in fact, but much like my childhood, where I forced myself to eat the healthy things my mom put in that brown paper bag, I was the kid desperately trying to trade my apples for HO HO cakes. I love eating healthy. Sometimes I don't eat at all. And, sometimes I order take-out three times in one day on my day off. I am a strong woman, a good cook, and a binge eater at times. I'm Emily and I'm a Bad Bitch." - Emily

"I eat it all. I start with coffee and fill in the blanks. I finish the day with Jameson. Nice and neat." - Emily

 
 

NAME | Graham Ervin // OCCUPATION | Director of Special Events at The Cedar Room, Charleston, SC & NPC Figure Competitor

"I see food as fuel for my body. I eat for performance in the gym and aesthetics on stage as a NPC Figure Competitor. My diet is high in protein, with fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. If 'you are what you eat', I certainly don't want to be processed and packaged. I'm Graham and I'm a Bad Bitch." - Graham

"Don't wish for it, work for it." - Graham

 
 

NAME | Danetra // OCCUPATION | Chef & Owner of Swank Desserts, Charleston, SC

"I think it's funny when people ask my how I don't weigh a gazillion pounds. I TASTE everything that I serve, but I don't sit in the kitchen stuffing my face. I actually enjoy eating healthy and working out. I also enjoy wine and chocolate, especially after a long week! My body is a temple and I love how strong and curvy it is. I never advocate that people eat sweets every day because it isn't good for you, but neither is depriving yourself of the things you love. I believe in the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the time should be clean and healthy, but the other 20% should be INDULGENCE, and when you indulge, you should feel good about it. Just make sure the calories are worth it! I'm Danetra and I'm a Bad Bitch." - Danetra

"People who love to eat are always the best people." - Julia Child

 
 

NAME | Kate // OCCUPATION | Vegetable Activist at Lowcountry Street Grocery, Charleston,SC

I'm convinced that eating healthy, fresh food is an indulgence - a special, sacred, "self-love" thing that you can do every day. Look locally to find food that's good for your body - because it's also probably good for the environment, the people who grew it, and the community it comes from. It's all connected." - Kate

"Eat food. Mostly Plants. Not too much." - Michael Pollan

 
 

NAME | Madison // OCCUPATION | Cook at McCrady's, Charleston, SC

"Food is about love. The job is a labor of love. No one loves like a woman, and we have the scars to prove it. I'm Madison and I'm a Bad Bitch." - Madison

"Every great event in my life has involved food in some way. That is why I started cooking - because every night I have the opportunity to make a memory for someone. So when I am eating a taco over a trash can trying to get ready for dinner service, I do not feel guilty. I am excited to do what I love, and I get to share it with every person I cook for. So when it is my turn to sit down and enjoy a meal, that is exactly what I do." -Madison

 
 

NAME | Jill // OCCUPATION | Catering Director at Cru Catering, Charleston, SC

"I do eat pretty much whatever I want, and I am very active. Then I notice the second set of dimples in my cheeks when I smile, and I know I need to take a break from the Hollandaise. It's always a sad breakup, but we always get back together. I am Jill and I'm a Bad Bitch." - Jill

"Working with many brides and grooms to create menus for their wedding receptions, I am constantly reminded that people celebrate the greatest milestones in life with food. It creates memories and special bonds." - Jill

 
 

NAME | Kinsey // OCCUPATION | Writer at The City Paper, Charleston, SC

"I used to hate this body of mine. At 5'11'', I was too big, a hulking mass that had coaches recruiting me to play basketball and throw shot-put and others overlooking me for dance teams and cheer-squads. My senior prom date told me (no joke) that I had hands 'so large they could crush the skulls of babies' - he was quite a charmer, that guy. But, 32 years on, I've come to the conclusion that this larger-than-life bod actually has its benefits. It can hold its liquor, for one - a necessity for any food writer. It can easily handle an eight pound baby too - I learned that in May. And, as for these epically giant hands? Well, they can type out 60 words per minute while flipping the middle finger, so I guess it's not so bad. In fact, I think I'll eat some cheese to celebrate. I'm Kinsey and I'm a Bad Bitch." - Kinsey

"Working on my night cheese." -Tina Fey, 30 Rock

 
 

NAME | Jessica Slaughter // OCCUPATION | Director of Administration & Events at FIG & The Ordinary, Charleston, SC

"It's important for me to have balance - working out and being active keeps me sane, and makes having that treat extra sweet. You only get one body - why not love it? You only get one life - why not live it? I have insecurities just like the next person, so I try to remember confidence is the best thing you can wear. Some people call me arrogant. I call me awesome. I'm Jessica and I'm a Bad Bitch." - Jessica

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf

 
 

NAME | Blake // OCCUPATION | Chef at EVO Pizza, Charleston, SC

"Focus on understanding and truly mastering a few things at a time. Worry less about what you don't know, strive to gain perspective with every situation no matter how shitty, and meanwhile be really fucking amazing at everything you do know how to do, no matter what the duty.

Aspire to stop comparing yourself to others quote so often, obsess a little less about what everyone else is doing, and pat yourself on the back for making it through another unpredictable day. Discovering this authentic version of yourself cultivates positive relationships, experiences, and opportunities that will lead exactly to where you belong.

There's a tremendous pressure to be a well-rounded professional. You can't just hide in the kitchen. People need to love your food, admire your drive, and ultimately feel connected to you.

Taking the time to get to know your guests is invaluable. They never forget that and often become your biggest fans. They want to peek into a world that intrigues them and has been glamorized. To these folks, eating well and being taken care of isn't always enough. A memorable experience will encourage them to return. I'm Blake and I'm a Bad Bitch." -Blake. 

 
 

NAME | Hallie & Sarah // OCCUPATION | Booze Peddlers of Ben Arnold & Dixie Vodka

"Family, friends, boyfriends (exes!), dance teachers, doctors - you name it - have all commented about my weight over the years, both when I was too thin and too fat. I'm chubby today because I'm happy. I've been awfully thin at times over the years, but those times were all clouded with inordinate amounts of stress or a broken heart. I starved myself, threw up, went for a run, and slept too much. I'm happy today with my family, my job, my life, and my decisions. I enjoy popping champagne, shaking up vodka, or cutting cake. I'm okay with using pizza to nurse a hangover. I have plenty of jokes and funny stories to tell. I show my daughters by example that it's okay, as a woman, to want it all; to ask for it, demand it, to work hard and play harder. Might as well look good doing it! I'm Sarah and I'm a Bad Bitch." - Sarah

"I am loosely held together by mascara and bobby pins." - Sarah

"Never trust a big butt and a smile." -Bell Biv Devoe

 
 

NAME | Becca // OCCUPATION | Soda Pop Baby

"I battles eating disorders for a decade and owe my recovery to working in the food and beverage industry, alongside so many inspiring and wildly inappropriate, hilarious, strong people who taught me how to eat and cook mindfully, respect food, and laugh A LOT. It's more important for me now more than ever to eat for vitality and life and pass on positive food habits to my daughter. I have a feeling she's going to be a pretty bubbly girl! (Soda joke!) Hopefully she'll get her sense of humor from her dad. I'm Becca and I'm a Bad Bitch." - Becca

"Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them." -Anonymous.

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