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    • Dale: Being a gay chef, there's a preconceived notion of being the big, snappy queen and that's what I've fought against my entire cooking career. I've been cooking for 15 years now and that's the last thing I am in the kitchen. I've walked into kitchens feeling a little under the gun, thinking about what other people are going to think about me being gay, and you definitely have a little bit of insecurity about it. I don't want to say I've overcompensated, but I've become a better chef because of it. It's like, 'Fine, I will be just as good as you. I will prove to you that it doesn't matter. I'm not going to be that little sissy you might think I am. I'm going to be better than you.' And it's worked out for the best.