Ayesha Curry isn’t here for your criticism. Case in point: When a mean-spirited Instagram user told the cookbook author to “stay in the kitchen,” she had the perfect response.
The exchange, which took place on Tuesday, May 14, began when Curry, 30, took to Instagram to share a video about her partnership with Spotify. The post featured the celebrity chef cooking in her kitchen while listening to some tunes via the music app. That’s when the troll chimed in with his comment.
Without missing a beat, Curry shot back: “Which one? SF, Houston, Miami or San Diego?”
The upcoming star of ABC’s Family Food Fight was, of course, referring to the kitchens in her International Smoke restaurants, which she co-owns with renowned chef Michael Mina. The upscale chain, which recently hosted Barack Obama and Chrissy Teigen, boasts locations in three of the four cities Curry mentioned. A San Diego outpost is slated to open later this year.
Not surprisingly, hundreds of social media users applauded Curry for standing up to her haters. “I just hollered!” one supportive fan wrote. Added another: “Don’t come for a queen!”
Unfortunately, the criticism is something the restaurateur, who is married to NBA player Steph Curry, is abundantly familiar with. “I think a lot of people do not take me seriously,” she told Working Mother as part of the publication’s June/July cover story. “They think this is something I’ve obtained because of my husband’s income. That’s not true. He hasn’t invested a dime in my restaurant business.”
Ayesha, who shares daughters Riley, 5, Ryan, 3, and son Canon, 10 months, with Steph, believes a “weird hierarchy of misogyny” is at the heart of why people – even professionals – are quick to criticize her. “When my career was starting to take off, this male reporter bashed me on live television, saying I should be more like the other [basketball] players’ wives,” the Food Network star recalled. “He literally said, ‘They sit there, they don’t cause any problems, and they look pretty.’”
The Homemade Meal Kit creator revealed that incident “started a fire” in her and made her work even harder to become a force to be reckoned with in the culinary world. As she put it: “I could not be stopped, and I wanted to prove myself.”
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