Slowly but surely, women are stepping into what has long been known as a man’s world: high gastronomy… More and more female chefs are shining these days – here is a little recap of what’s happening for them in Paris:
The 2018 Best Pastry Chef in the World (Les Grandes Tables du Monde ranking) is leaving three-Michelin-star restaurant Le Pré Catelan to join the French presidential kitchens at Palais de l’Élysée. Tasting her stunning desserts will now be the privilege of an even fewer “happy-few”!
Recently elected by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants as Best Pastry Chef 2019, the 32-year old has been working with Alain Ducasse at Hotel Plaza Athénée, another restaurant endowed with three Michelin stars. The originality of her surprising fruit-based creations set her apart from all other chefs, brilliant as they may be.
Stéphanie Le Quellec
Winner of the 2011 edition of French TV show TopChef, the 35-year old didn’t wait long to be awarded two Michelin stars after taking over the kitchen of La Scène at Hotel Prince de Galle. Stéphanie, a mother of three, is now working on creating her very own Parisian restaurant, due to open in October on the west side. An opening we are much looking forward to!
Another TopChef celebrity – even more so as a coach and member of the jury – Hélène Darroze was named Best Female Chef in the World by Veuve Cliquot in 2015. After opening her bistro in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris last year, she has just reopened her Left Bank gastronomical restaurant, redesigned and renamed Marsan.
A true cuisine prodigy, Julia was the youngest chef to be awarded a Michelin star (at age 21 while working at Les Fables de La Fontaine). In 2018, she opened her restaurant Baieta and was awarded her first very own Michelin star in January 2019! Full of projects, she has also launched Bô, a Caribbean-inspired bar serving cocktails and small plates (evenings only). Can’t wait to see what this 24-year old woman holds in store for us in the coming years…
It was impossible to end this list without her. She has been maintaining the three stars of Maison Pic, the family restaurant in Valence, for 12 years now, conquering additional Michelin stars across borders, launching a healthy fast-food concept (Daily Pic), and celebrating the 130th anniversary of Maison Pic this year. The place is to put on your bucket list because every meal there is so perfectly divine. Until you go, do try her Parisian location, La Dame de Pic, near the Louvre museum.