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They are the proverbial bull in the china shop. Men lay claim to the title "chef", stating that any mention of a chef and one pictures a male cook. Women chefs have to be specifically mentioned as such, they say. But has one looked into a family kitchen? It is usually the domain of the lady or ladies of the house.

However, in today’s nuclear homes, the men have ventured into this precious area and a lot of women vouch for the havoc (read mess) they create. True, they produce some "amazing" dishes or something out of the ordinary. Often working women appreciate their husbands or sons either taking care of a meal or helping out in the kitchen. But most men do not clean up afterwards, leaving the wife, mother, daughter or sister to do the needful.

A colleague narrated how her brother is fond of cooking, which he calls a stress-buster at the end of a hectic day. He experiments with what he watches on TV cookery shows, looks up the Internet and even chats up with his colleagues, particularly female, to pick up new recipes. He regularly "modifies" what their mother, a superb cook incidentally, cooks. And, of course, leaves the mess to be cleaned up. The other day, our colleague returned home a little later than usual to be greeted by a sheepish-looking brother, who just said, "Sorry!" Entering the kitchen she was aghast at the mess. Apparently, a "cooking malfunction" had some pakoras bursting in the oil while being deep-fried and the entire kitchen – stove, cooking platform, shelves and the floor – was dripping with oil. Needless to say, our friend was up till 1 am cleaning up!