If female chefs are the new rockstars, then London is most certainly their stage. In the last two decades, we have seen the city rocket to the top of the international restaurant scene with many of the capital’s home-bred concepts being exported internationally and shattering preconceptions.
Now, the kitchens themselves are making headlines with women taking the helm and bringing new flavours, style and creativity to some of the top offerings across town. These women represent the culinary best and brightest the UK has to offer – we made a shortlist of female chefs whose food we cannot wait to try (or have again!):
Hélène Darroze, The Connaught
With two Michelin stars at The Connaught, a further Michelin star at her Paris restaurant, and a Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef (2015) award – Darroze is regarded as one of the very best in the world at her craft.
Anne-Sophie Pic, La Dame de Pic London
The only female French chef to hold three Michelin Stars, Pic is a culinary force to be reckoned with. Her instinctive take on traditional French cuisine has catapulted her to the top of the industry, achieving her first Michelin star within 8 months of opening La Dame de Pic at the new Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. She is executive chef at the exclusive Club at Ten Trinity Square as well… one of the many clubs DDW Founders can enjoy.
Martha Ortiz, Ella Canta
Ortiz brings the vibrant spirit of her Mexican homeland to the kitchens of Ella Canta on Park Lane, creating complex and heartwarming modern food filled with colour and flavour. DDW had the privilege of hosting our Pre-BAFTA bash here.
Anna Haugh, Myrtle
Irish-born chef Haugh opened Myrtle in Chelsea last March to much acclaim and continues to be one of the presenters for BBC1’s Ready, Steady, Cook. Myrtle is perfect for a St Patrick’s Day treat…
Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison, Wild By Tart
Duo Jones and Carr-Ellison made their name with Tart London, the catering company favoured by fashion and society cognoscenti. Their new restaurant offers a relaxed menu and atmosphere and seasonal ingredients whilst also many immersive events and experiences.