WSU's new executive chef, Melinda Burrows.I got notice from Wichita State University this week that they’ve recently hired a new executive chef, and she’s a she!!!
I’ve covered the restaurant scene in Wichita for more than a decade, and although we have a great community of chefs, nearly all of them are men. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
It’s always exciting to encounter a girl running the kitchen, but it’s rare around here. We’ve got Tanya Tandoc at Tanya’s Soup Kitchen. And Randa Toubia at Piccadilly. I know of a few other women chefs who pop up in kitchens here and there from time to time, but not many.
Don’t even get me started on my rant about “Top Chef,” where all the girl chefs get sent home first. (Usually.)
Wichita State’s new chef is named Melinda Burrows. She was trained in Paris and has been working in Los Angeles. She’s introducing herself and her food to the Wichita community this summer with a culinary series that will feature gourmet specials offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The series starts Wednesday and runs through July 27. Each special will cost $5.59 and will be served at Copperfield’s, the care in the Rhatigan Student Center. It’s open to the public.
Here’s the menu.