Restaurants are predominantly run by men – in fact, fewer than 20% of professional kitchens are helmed by female chefs. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t thousands of brilliant, innovative and talented women with all of the knife skills, out there.
As it’s International Women’s Day, luxury lifestyle brand Elite Traveller has picked their favourite female chefs, the ones pushing boundaries and tantalising tastebuds, who you should watch out for this year.
Here are 6 we’re particularly excited about…
Soto-Innes is the James Beard-award-winning (the Oscars of the food world) head chef at Cosme in New York. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu, she’s still only 27, and weaves her Mexican heritage into her menus.
Froydenlund is joint chef patron at Marcus Wareing’s flagship restaurant, Marcus, at the Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge, London, where she’s worked for more than a decade. Who knows where she’ll go next, but you can guarantee she knows how to nab a Michelin star, or two.
Allen is executive head chef of the Michelin-starred restaurant at Lancashire hotel, Northcote – and has been since she was 23. Incredibly talented, her focus is on locally sourced produce, and bringing through talented young chefs. Her sous chef Danny Young was named Young National Chef of the Year 2018.
Having been the founding head chef of Pidgin in Hackney, London – and winning a Michelin star inside a year – Haigh (who isn’t even 30 yet) is now running Japenese influenced company, Kaizen House. The idea is to host pop-ups, collaborations and launch restaurants, first up is Shibui, coming soon.
With her pink tipped hair, Spruance is chef and owner of Kingsley in New York, where she puts sustainable, farm sourced, seasonal produce on the table.
Voted Asia’s best female chef 2017, 33-year-old, Canadian-born May Chow runs Little Bao (she’s famed for her mini bao buns) and Happy Paradise restaurants in Hong Kong. She campaigns on LGBT issues and is all about promoting roles for women in pro kitchens.