Hélène Darroze has been picked as the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in the world ahead of the announcement of the World’s 50 Best Restaurantslist, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, on June 1st in London. Darroze is from the South-West of France and opened her first restaurant in Paris at the age of just 32. In 2008 she opened her second restaurant, Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, in London.
Having trained with greats like Alain Ducasse it’s said that Darroze was the inspiration for the Colette character in the 2007 Disney film Ratatouille.
She cooks classic French style cuisine with a refined and modern touch to every dish she creates. After hearing the news, the chef was evidently excited: “I am honoured to win the award because there are talented female chefs all over the world and I imagine choosing only one is challenging. I think it is important to celebrate women and their achievements.
Adding: “My hope is that the recipients of this award inspire young women, including my daughters, to follow their passion and work hard to hone their skill regardless of profession. I greatly admire all of the previous winners of this prestigious award and I am thrilled to now be in their company.”
Darroze will receive the award at World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony on June 1st at London’s Guildhall. Helena Rizzofrom Brazil was picked as the World’s Best Female Chef in 2014.
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