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Breaking Barriers: Celebrating the Female Chefs on Women's Day

Happy Women's Day!

Today we celebrate the contributions and achievements of women around the world. In the culinary industry, women have been breaking barriers and shattering stereotypes as they pursue their passion for food. Female chefs have been making waves in the culinary world, from running Michelin-starred restaurants to winning prestigious awards. In this article, we will highlight some of the most talented female chefs and their inspiring journeys.

As we celebrate Women's Day, let us honor these women who are making a difference in the culinary industry.




ÉLISA BLANC

She is the first women chef to hold a Michelin star in 1929, followed by the first prize in the culinary competition of the Touring Club de France in 1930, then a second star in the Michelin Guide three years later, in 1933, and the title of " best cook in the world”, by the famous prince-elect of gastronomes Curnonsky.


(1883, Polliat, Francia - 1949, Vonnas, Francia)



EUGENIE BRAZIER

The first women chef to hold three Michelin stars in1933 edition, with Marie Bourgeois.

Brazier was the first person to receive six Michelin stars, three each in two restaurants: La Mère Brazier restaurants in Lyon and Col de la Luère.


(1895, La Tranclière, Francia - 1977, Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, Francia)



MARIE BOURGEOIS

She gained three Michelin stars from 1933 to 1937 for her restaurant in Priay in the Ain region, France.

In 1923, Bourgeois was the first woman to receive the award of the Club des Cent.

(1870, Villette-sur-Ain, Francia - 1937, Priay, Francia)





VICKY LAU

is the chef-owner of Two MICHELIN Star Tate in Hong Kong.

In 2012 she opened Tate in Hong Kong, where she tells edible stories with an eight-course menu that treads the boundary between French and Chinese cooking in a sophisticated way. She is Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2015.

(Hong Kong - )




ANNE-SOPHIE PIC

Anne-Sophie Pic is a third-generation chef/owner of the eponymous restaurant housed in the boutique hotel Maison Pic in Valence, France.

She took the kitchen reins in 1997; the restaurant regained three-Michelin-star status a decade later and continues to be an

exemplary fine-dining establishment.

(1969, Valence - )



DOMINIQUE CRENN

As of 2016, she is the only female chef in the United States to attain three Michelin stars, for her restaurant Atelier Crenn, in San Francisco, California.

Describing her cuisine as “poetic culinaria,” Crenn is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.

(1965, Locronan - )


CLARE SMYTH

Smyth opened her 60-seater restaurant in Notting Hill in the summer of 2017, the CORE by Clare Smyth.

She was awarded two Michelin stars in the MICHELIN Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2019 selection and three MICHELIN stars in the 2021 selection.


(1978, Contea di Antrim - )


ELENA ARZAK

Elena now continues her father’s style of modern Basque cuisine, a refined take on traditional Northern Spanish fare.

She has a laboratory above the restaurant, where she and the kitchen team work on innovative ideas, and nearly three-quarters of the chefs in the San Sebastián restaurant, the Arzak, are women.


(1969, San Sebastián, Spain - )


CATERINA CERAUDO

Caterina Ceraudo grew up on her family's farm where they produced biodynamic wine, the vines growing among ancient olive trees, and had their restaurant, Dattilo.

She is at the helm of the One MICHELIN star restaurant Dattilo with her brother working the winery and her sister handling marketing.


(1987, Calabria - )


This is just a short list of women that every day fight society and show the world what we can do!

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