Mexican wins battle to prove men can cook

November 11, 2008 9:06:49 AM PST
One man is taking the heat so that all men can compete in the kitchen for "Best Cook of Mexico City" honors. [SIGN UP: Get bizarre news sent to you]

Benjamin Garcia is outraged that city officials barred him from entering the contest last year because he is a man.

He has filed a complaint with the city's Human Rights Commission, arguing the contest discriminated against men and stereotyped women.

Contest organizers have fought back, insisting the government-run competition is meant to honor women who labor at home with little recognition.

But the rights commission is siding with Garcia, announcing Saturday that the city is relenting and the 2008 contest will be open to men.

There's no word yet on what dish Garcia is preparing.

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