Female Chefs around the world

In anticipation of The Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef 2014 announcement on Tuesday, we thought we’d take a look at some notable female chefs around the world.

We’ve created a snapshot of the women we know are cooking up a storm. Amongst them maybe a Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef of the future!

Some of these woman have already made it big on the international scene whilst others might be more unfamiliar to you.

It’s not an all encompassing list by any means so if you have any top tips please add them to comments below.

For more information on Tuesday’s announcement and the creation of the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef award see our earlier post.

To be added to our media list to receive the winner’s announcement on Tuesday, please email info@spoon-pr.com.

North America

In 2013 when Bloomberg published an article on women chefs in the US, they found that out of the restaurant groups they analyzed, women occupy just 6.3 percent, or 10 out of 160, head chef positions (at 15 prominent U.S. restaurant groups). While special mentions go to chefs like April Bloomfield and Alice Waters, who have been flying the flag for women in the North American gastronomy world for years, who should we now be looking out for? Among them are; Jamie Malone of Sea Change, a seafood restaurant at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, who topped Food and Wine’s ‘Best New Chef in the US’ list in 2013.


Dominique Crenn by Eater.com

Dominique Crenn of the avant-garde restaurant cum poet’s café, Atelier Crenn in San Francisco who was the first woman in the US to have a two Michelin star restaurant and Eater’s Chef of Year for 2012. There’s Anita Lo of Anissa, in New York’s Greenwich village, who earned a rave review in the New York Times and is a one to be aware of according to chef Shaun Hergatt of Juni.

South & Central America

2013 saw the induction of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants and saw these women make the list:

Helena Rizzo of Mani in Sao Paulo was the winner of the inaugural Veuve Clicquot Latin America’s Best Female Chef in 2013. Mani, where Helena shares cheffing duties with her husband Daniel Redondo, was on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for the first time last year, ranking at number 46.

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Helena Rizzo

Roberta Sudbrack of Roberta Sudbrack restaurant in Rio di Janeiro, is also becoming a a household name in South America. Her restaurant is known for its low key style but don’t let this deceive you- it’s commonly rated among Brazil’s top eating experiences.

Soledad Nardelli of Chila in Buenos Aires was number 28 on last year’s Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list. She opened Chila in 2006 with her partner and co-patron Andres Parcel.

Pia Leon of Central Restaurante (currently #50 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants)  works alongside husband Virgilio Martínez on their three worldwide restaurants, she is currently head chef at LIMA London where she is pioneering the Peruvian food movement.


Figures in 2012 published by the Sydney Morning Herald showed that a quarter of Australia’s 44500 chefs were female and that the number was slowly creeping up. A few of the women on the food scene include: Alla Wolf-Tasker has been at the top of the game for many years now. Her restaurant, Lake House at Daylesford celebrates its 30th year in 2014, shows no sign of waning as it continues to win awards. In 2012, asked why there was a lack of women in the restaurant industry in Australia, she responded with: ”The hours, the sheer physical impost, the consequences for one’s social and family life.”


Lauren Murdoch

Lauren Murdoch, currently cooking at The 3 Weeds Restaurant in Sydney is one to watch. She earned recognition as she cooked at Felix at The Ivy in Sydney, received a number of ‘chef’s hat’ awards and appeared on Australian MasterChef as a mentor, before taking over the restaurant at The 3 Weeds in 2013.


Margot Janse of The Tasting Room in Franschhoek has been at the forefront of South African gastronomy for years. With the restaurant featuring on The World’s 50 Best Restaurant list on many occasions and Margot picking up many awards including Best Restaurant in Africa, her name is well known to the global culinary world.

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Margot Janse

Elze Roome is a young chef hailing from Pretoria who is currently working at Brasserie de Paris in Pretoria. She has been tipped by South African dining site, dining-out.com as one to look out for in the future.

Asia and the Middle East

2013 saw the introduction of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and drew our attention to some of the best talent in the East. Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava runs one of Thailand’s most exciting and innovative Thai restaurants Bo.lan with her partner and husband Dylan Jones. They’ve received critical acclaim for their progressive and ethical Thai cooking including Bo’s win of The Veuve Clicquot Asia’s Best Female Chef award in 2013.

Lanshu Chen, who has just been crowned winner of the 2014 award is pushing the boundaries of haute French cuisine informed by her own culture, in her current position at Le Moût in Taiwan. Read more about these chefs here.

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Lanshu Chen


Female culinary greats hailing from Europe include France’s Anne-Sophie Pic, Spain’s Elena Arzak and Italy’s Nadia Santini, all previous winners of The Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef award.


Nadia Santini by Paolo Terzi

Meanwhile, here in London, we have Angela Hartnett of Murano, Clare Smyth who is current head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road, Anna Hansen of The Modern Pantry, Helene Darroze at The Connaught and Shuko Oda at Koya Bar, to name but a few.

A relatively new name on the European scene is Agata Felluga, an Italian chef cooking at Jour de Fête in Strasbourg. She has previously worked at L’Astrance and Le Chateaubriand and is predicted to hit the big time in the coming years.

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One Response to Female Chefs around the world

  1. Monica says:

    Great round-up! I love Angela Hartnett and Anna Hansen and was glad to see Alice Waters got a mention. You also forgot to add Rachel Demuth in Bath who ran Demuths restaurant for 25 years and now heads up Demuths Cookery School. She’s lovely and her food is brilliant!

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