5 Female Chefs to Tantalise your Tastebuds
I often think female chefs are overlooked, like where I can name a bounty of male chefs, the number of female chefs fall a lot shorter. Why is this? Maybe it’s because we stereotypically assume that a head chef is bossy, arrogant and dominates the kitchen, like the idea of Gordon Ramsey, so you couldn’t really expect a woman to take on this role. The built-in sexism is real over here.
But there are some incredible chefs that deserve their recognition. And since its international women’s day, there isn’t a better day to celebrate with chefs that bring a bit of extra flair to their cooking. So here are five female chefs that you should check out, that will add flavour and spice and all things nice to your culinary encyclopaedia.
- Clare Smyth
She is the only chef to have received three Michelin stars; she’s opened her own restaurant Core in summer 2017, winning all awards she could’ve grasped. Previously, Smyth worked for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, but her solo menu emphasizes the use of vegetables as being as important to the dish as the meat and fish. She really proves that women are just as worthy of getting awards for culinary excellence than her male competitors.
2. Ifeyinwa Frederick
Owner of London based Nigerian Tapas Bar – Chuku’s – with her brother, the pair added delicious Nigerian food to London’s culinary streets. She’s received significant volumes of high praise, including that of Grace Dent, and her best order is the Chin Chin Cheesecake – a must try when you hit the UK capital.
3. Lanshu Chen
Taiwanese chef Lanshu Chen infused her love of French food from her time at the prestigious Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts and Le cordon Bleu, and her love for Taiwanese cuisine to achieve her balance of flavours. She is currently head chef at Le Mout Restaurant, Taiwan, and is most well known for her harmonies of balance, sweet, salty and sour flavour combinations.
4. Alice Waters
Best known for her involvement in pioneering American cuisine, she is best known for her use of freshly sourced, organic products. Her restaurant, Chez Panisse is known for its use of organic, farm grown materials brought to the plate, and continues to be influenced by the agricultural community. She funds gardens for schools to encourage edible grown produce.
5. Asma Khan
This British based chef owns Covent gardens very own Darjeeling Express. Best known for her relaxed, comfortable restaurant, she provides blends of both North Indian and Bengali cooking. Her best recipe for those wanting to check out her restaurant, are the Tangra Chilli and Garlic Prawns, cooked in her popping homemade five-spice blend that is worth a check out if you find yourself in the London area.