“Last time there was a fat woman chef was the Two Fat Ladies, and they called them Two Fat Ladies! There are male chefs who are bigger, but they don’t call them fat.
“As a woman you have to tick all these boxes to be able to be on TV. I know I look a certain way and that’s partly why I’m on TV. If I were really ugly and fat, I don’t think I’d have had the same chance.”
As one of the dearly departed pointed out “What, you’re saying we’re not fat?”
And of the male chefs on TV. Either they are stunningly talented (Gordon Ramsay, whatever else he is, is that as a chef) or they’re good looking. Which, TV being a visual medium, really isn’t all that much of a surprise. There’s plenty of actors and actresses out there who rumble along as little more than lookers. Perhaps perfectly competent but no better than thousands of others: except for those looks. Roger Moore wouldn’t have got as far as he did if he’d looked like the (far more talented) Bob Hoskins. Cheryl Cole, to extend to music, wouldn’t be having hit singles if she was Adele’s shape and size.