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Khoo - "As a woman you have to tick all these boxes to be able to be on TV"

Chef Rachel Khoo has called for more women chefs on British television, and has said that her looks are part of the reason she is on the air.

Khoo, who presented the acclaimed The Little Paris Kitchen on BBC Two and stars in the Kitchen Notebook show on the digital Good Food channel, told Radio Times that it was "definitely more difficult" to get a second series.

"You're competing with a saturated market and I'm not as established as Nigella (Lawson) or Lorraine (Pascale)," she said.

Khoo continued: "You are also up against a lot of things as a woman. 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."

She added: "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.

"It's great that Mary Berry got a primetime TV show, but I don't think there are enough women chefs on TV. I think they should give an opportunity to others. I mean, otherwise it's Lorraine and Nigella."

"Where are the women on Channel 4? It's pathetic," she said.

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