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Best female chefs around the globe?

Lynndsey Rigberg Mar 4, 2011 12:29 PM

Hi Chowhounds,

Last night, my supposedly well informed foodie friends last night and I got into a heated debate. We were talking about the rarity of well known American female chefs. And then, we were all hard pressed to name INTERNATIONALLY well known female chefs. We all seem to know Heston Blumenthal of Fat Duck, and so on....is it just a sad state of affairs that our little group last night couldn't name ONE internationally respected female chef?

Please inform this ignorant bunch and share your favorite female chefs - US and abroad!


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    gyc RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Mar 4, 2011 01:40 PM

    Angela Hartnett is pretty well known.

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      Harters RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Mar 5, 2011 08:28 AM

      Helene Darroze (French)

      Skye Gyngell (Australian)

      Anne-Sophie Pic (French)

      Carme Ruscadella (Spain)

      Nadia Santini (Italy)

      Clare Smith (British)

      Lisa Allen (British)

      Angela Hartnett (British)

      All holders of Michelin stars.

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        Harters RE: Harters Mar 6, 2011 02:04 AM

        Whoops. Forgot my favourite woman chef - Lisa Allen (Head Chef at Michelin 1*, Northcote) - British,

        And, also, Ruth Rogers (American) and the late Rose Grey (British) - founder chefs at the 1* River Cafe, London.

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          hypomyces RE: Harters Mar 7, 2011 12:55 PM

          I second for Anne-Sophie Pic!

        2. limster RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Mar 5, 2011 01:55 PM

          Definitely the arepa lady in Queens.

          I suppose some might count (or discount) Alice Waters.

          See also: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/509764

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            wattacetti RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Mar 5, 2011 04:11 PM

            Elena Arzak (Spain)

            Elizabeth Falkner (US; since you mentioned US as well)

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              wattacetti RE: wattacetti Mar 6, 2011 02:20 AM

              and I forgot Tina Nordström (Sweden), who can cook but is better know for winning the Swedish version of Dancing with the Stars

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                Lynndsey Rigberg RE: wattacetti Mar 7, 2011 12:52 PM

                I just looked TIna up on wikipedia and sadly, she seems to be better known as a spokesperson for kitchen gadgets. Curious where adn what you read up on Tina? Im interested in learning more, thanks!

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                  wattacetti RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Mar 7, 2011 07:33 PM

                  She used to be a serious chef and was one of the showcase hosts for New Scandinavian Cooking (there are episodes and a cookbook). Then she went to dance and now shills, so I guess the cooking part of her life is past her.

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              small h RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Mar 5, 2011 04:18 PM

              In Manhattan, there's Gabrielle Hamilton (who just published her memoir), Anita Lo and April Bloomfield. I'm not sure they're internationally known, but they're certainly famous locally.


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                sancan RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Mar 6, 2011 04:47 AM

                You are so lucky to have foodie friends. My friends' and family's eyes glaze over on such talk. She may not claim to be a chef, but Madhur Jaffrey is my addition.

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                  igorm RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Mar 6, 2011 06:09 AM

                  I can't believe nobody mentioned Cat Cora.

                  1. Will Owen RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Mar 7, 2011 01:11 PM

                    L.A.'s Nancy Silverton may not be famous around the world, but she sure is to other chefs. She knows bread, she knows meat …

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                      tomatoaday RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Mar 7, 2011 01:19 PM

                      In the US, female chefs that I think are well known and regarded:
                      Cindy Pawycln
                      Joyce Goldstein
                      Barbara Lynch
                      Lidia Bastianich
                      Marcella Hazan (maybe more Italy - not sure where she is based now)

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                        kcward RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Mar 7, 2011 08:51 PM

                        Alicia Gironella d'Angelis, Martha Ortiz Chapa, both in Mexico City

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