A noted New York chef dished out a powerful response when a writer for Ivanka Trump’s lifestyle website asked for an interview.
Angela Dimayuga, the executive chef at Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese Food on the Lower East Side, said the request landed in her inbox during a recent lunch service, and the irony left her “screaming.”
The 31-year-old queer daughter of immigrants took a few days to compose her reply and then shared it — along with her distaste for some Trump administration policies — on Instagram.
“Thank you for thinking of me. I’m glad you are a fan of my work so much that you want to provide more visibility for my career to inspire ‘other working women,’ ” the Brooklyn resident began her message to the freelance reporter.
She then turned up the heat, saying she didn’t believe the writer’s claim that IvankaTrump.com is a “non-political platform.”
“So long as the name Trump is involved, it is political and frankly, an option for the IvankaTrump.com business to make a profit,” she wrote.
“I don’t see anything empowering about defunding Planned Parenthood, barring asylum from women refugees, rolling back safeguards for equal pay, and treating POC/LGBT and the communities that support these groups like second class citizens,” she argued.
“As a queer person of color and daughter of immigrant parents, I am not interested in being profiled as an aspirational figure for those that support a brand and a President that slyly disparages female empowerment,” she said.
“Sharing my story with a brand and family that silences our same voices is futile,” she said. “Thank you for the consideration.”
In an interview with the Daily News Friday, Dimayuga said she considered simply ignoring the inquiry but decided it was a chance to speak up.
“So long as the name Trump is involved, it is political,” the chef said in regards to Ivanka Trump’s website.
She said her goal was never to pick a fight by “targeting” the writer or Ivanka.
“My goal was to state where I was coming from and why her brand didn’t align with my views,” Dimayuga said. “There was an opportunity to say why it was weird for them to reach out when there wasn’t any alignment with my values. I felt like it was absolutely necessary to identify why we don’t align.”
The California native said the freelance writer took a few days but eventually wrote back with a simple, “Thank you for the feedback. All the best.”
The online and in-person response to Dimayuga’s letter has been overwhelmingly positive, she said.
“My hero!” wrote fellow chef Anthony Bourdain in a comment to the post.
“This is a perfect, professional, thoughtful and powerful response. Well done!” author and YouTube star Paige McKenzie wrote.
“There has been a bit of negative feedback, but only because of how far it’s reached,” Dimayuga told The News.
“That’s kind of how it goes, and I’m okay with that. I didn’t set out to change anyone’s mind. My goal was to just share who I am,” she said.