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John McClellan


This paper explores the differences between the private and public discourses associated with cooks and chefs and the identities that are formed by these discourses. Academic literature and memoirs were reviewed to analyze the private discourse created among cooks and chefs that form their identities. Media articles and two movies were reviewed to analyze the public discourses that form the larger social identities of cooks and chefs. Embracing Fairhurst and Putnam’s (2004) conceptualization of “discourse” as local talk and texts and “Discoruse” as large scale systems of meaning, I conceptualized private discourse as local talk among cooks and chefs and public “Discourse” as larger meanings about cooks and chefs. Taking a becoming orientation to discourse and embracing a Foucauldian power/knowledge lens, I analyze discourses about and among cooks and chefs to explore their emergent identities. This analysis reveals that the public discourse surrounding the identity of cooks and chefs is oppressive and potentially limits the ways they can engage in necessary discourse to create their own identities.