Traditionally in ancient societies, a woman, sometimes an older relative or matriarch has been the cook. A woman’s domain, the kitchen was also the focal point for transmission of culture and teaching younger family members and apprentices. Even the use of kitchen servants in wealthy households was tied to the housewife or housekeeper. Often the main point of connection between master and servant was between the mistress of the house and the head cook. The kitchen became a meeting place between classes; long-time family cooks were often treated with the respect due to family members. In segregated societies, the kitchen was a connection between whites and blacks where orders and desires were given.