“There was an instance when of my colleagues stated that they felt being gay was a choice. I spoke up and said that it was not a choice, why would I choose to have a more difficult life.

From there, I felt more comfortable speaking my truth and having conversations without any judgment.”As we celebrate Pride month and the accomplishments of those in the LGBTQ+ community, here are 15 LGBTQ+ chefs making waves in the restaurant industry and achieving success- not despite, but because of- celebrating who they areTara Monsod is the executive chef of San Diego steakhouse Animae, serving up Japan’s finest Wagyu 5 beef and fine dining dishes influenced by her Filipino-American childhood.

She recently took the position next to head chef and Animae owner Brian Malarkey after working in a string of prestigious establishments like Herringbone, Burlap, and at the acclaimed Mozza PizzeriaIsraeli-born British celebrity chef Yotam Ottlenghi wears many hats.