100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Chef Rossi

Photo by Eitan Shapira

“In the ‘90s when gay couples would inquire about my catering their wedding they would whisper, ‘Um, do you have an issue catering a gay wedding?’” Chef Rossi recalls. “I would shout back, ‘Hurray! You get the family discount! Welcome home!’” Chef Rossi is not only a master of the kitchen, but at dishing on the process, as she has done for The Daily News, The New York Post, Time Out New York and Mcsweeney’s, just to name a few. Her 2015 memoir, “The Raging Skillet/The True Life Story of Chef Rossi” received countless critical accolades and has been turned into a stage play by Jacques Lamarre, premiering this summer at The Theatre Works in Hartford, Connecticut. (A screenplay is also in the works, as is a second memoir.) “I’ve had a wacky life and I love to write about it and talk about it on the radio,” says Rossi, who hosts the show “Bite This” on OMR and WFMR in Cape Cod, and also co-hosts “Mouthing Off” on Transformation Talk Radio. “I put it all out there. Being out loud and proud has been the fuel for my fire.”—TB

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