Archive | April, 2012

This One’s For The Girls!

20 Apr

Although the world of professional chefs is still predominantly male, ladies are stepping up in greater numbers as time goes on. We love this article from Open Table – 12 female chefs making women’s history around the U.S.

Their stories are truly inspiring, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them, and other female chefs to come!

Read the full article here, and check out a sample of some of the top winners below.

12 Female Chefs Making Women’s History in Restaurant Kitchens Around the U.S.

Cheers to Kelly Liken and her fellow female culinary professionals. You've come a long way, chefs!

Atlanta: Anne Quatrano Along with husband and partner Chef Clifford Harrison, Chef Quatrano is owner of Abattoir, Bacchanalia, and Floataway Cafe, among others. At the forefront of the seed-to-stomach movement, her farm and philosophies have helped shape Atlanta’s dining dynamics for nearly two delicious decades.

Boston: Barbara Lynch Her hard-scrabble childhood is almost as legendary as her series of uber-successful restaurants, which include B&G Oysters, MentonNo. 9 Park, and Sportello. A James Beard Award winner, Chef Lynch is the only female in the United States to hold the title of Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux.

Chicago: Stephanie Izard Chef Izard has been on a roll since winning Top Chef. Her restaurant Girl & the Goat was named America’s Best New Restaurant by Saveur magazine in 2011, recently released a popular cookbook, and she is set to open Little Goat later this year.

Dallas: Tiffany Derry She didn’t win Top Chef, but she won kudos not just for her cooking but also for her cool confidence in the chaotic world of reality television. Chef Derry’s new restaurant, Private Social, has successfully married casual and upscale dining and was recently named one of the Top 100 Hot Spots in the U.S.

Denver: Kelly Liken Another Top Chef competitor, her eponymous restaurant in Vail, Colorado, has become as popular as the area’s posh ski resorts. Committed to serving the best of Colorado’s local bounty, Liken, a James Beard Award nominee, says, “ ”If I can’t find an ingredient or product from Colorado, I won’t buy it from someplace else.”

Los Angeles: Nancy Silverton. Founder of the famed La Brea Bakery and Campanile restaurant, Chef Silverton has bounced back from personal hardship to become one of the nation’s most buzzed-about chefs. Putting the simple pleasures of artisanal cheese and pizzas at the forefront of her menus at the Michelin-starred Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, Silverton is proof that there are, indeed, second acts in America.

Minneapolis: Tanya Siebenaler Sapor Cafe and Bar is in its 12th year of business and has proven a boon to Twin Cities foodies seeking an arm-chair destination dining experience. Marrying flavors from around the world with local, seasonal ingredients, Chef Siebenaler has reinvented the art of global street food.