Chef Helena Rizzo has been awarded the Best Female Chef title ahead of Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants in Lima, Peru.
Rizzo is the executive chef at the Mani restaurant, Sao Paulo, Brazil, which she opened with her husband in 2006. It's here that her unique style of pairing traditional Brazilian ingredients with a mix of culinary techniques - picked up working in kitchens across europe, including a stint at El Celler De Can Roca - is honed.
In 2013 Mani was number 46 on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list and is part of a growing group of restaurants that find themselves at the heart of a Latin American culinary boom.
William Drew, editor of Restaurant Magazine,said: "We are delighted that Helena Rizzo has been recognized as the leading female chef in the region. Her dishes are beautiful, innovative and delicious - and the title of the Veuve Clicquot Latin America's Best Female Chef is richly deserved."
Rizzo was picked as the best female chef in Latin America by a group of over 250 industry experts from across the region. She will receive the award at Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants in Lima, Peru on September 4th.