— by Erica Chayes Wida: In 2013, Kristen Kish became the first woman of color to win Bravo’s “Top Chef” during the show’s 10th season. Just a year later, Kish, realized she no longer wanted to work within the notoriously grueling confines of a traditional restaurant kitchen. Though terrified, she walked away from her position as chef de cuisine at Menton, owned by James Beard Award-winning restauranteur Barbara Lynch.

“’I can’t do this anymore,'” Kish recalled telling Lynch, her friend and mentor, at the time…

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