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13-year-old calls for gender-neutral toy oven for little brother

Top chefs have joined the call for Hasbro to ‘make an Easy Bake Oven for dudes’.

McKenna and Gavyn Boscio
McKenna and Gavyn Boscio
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SOME WELL-KNOWN male chefs in the US are getting behind a New Jersey girl’s call for Hasbro to make a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven.

The chefs including Manuel Trevino of TV’s Top Chef and Michael Lomonaco of Porterhouse New York are featured in a YouTube video applauding McKenna Pope’s online petition, which had reached about 40,000 signatures on the website

The 13-year-old from Garfield, New Jersey, started the petition when she went to buy an Easy-Bake Oven for her 4-year-old-brother, Gavyn Boscio, but discovered it comes only in purple and pink.

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She wants the toy company Hasbro to feature boys on the box of the toy and to make it in gender-neutral colours.

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay said last week he agreed that Hasbro should make an oven in other colors to appeal to boys, and in the nearly 3-minute-long video posted online, several chefs from around the US joined in on the call.

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McKenna’s mother, Erica Boscio, said that McKenna is scheduled to meet with Hasbro on Monday.

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