Last year there were just 17 female chefs to feature in the Michelin Guide France. This year, the total of female-led restaurants in the Michelin Guide France 2019 is 26. That’s a significant portion of the 75 new additions although some way off the required male/female split needed to claim we have a truly inclusive fine dining scene.
Recognition of the work of female chefs had been one of the guide's new international director Gwendal Poullennec’s objectives. He has stressed that Michelin judges have not been given gender quotas or biases, but simply encouraged to broaden their restaurant experiences to include more diverse kitchens, including female-led ones.
The leading light of the Michelin Guide France 2019’s female representation is Stéphanie Le Quellec who leads the kitchen at La Scène, a restaurant at Le Prince de Galles hotel, who earned two stars.
Julia Sedefdjian, who at just 21 years of age became the youngest chef in the Michelin Guide France, awarded for her restaurant Les Fables de la Fontaine, has received a star for her new restaurant Bealta.
MICHELIN GUIDE FRANCE 2019, THE FEMALE CHEFS
Karina Laval - Château de Vault de Lugny - Avalon / Vault-de-Lugny
Nicole Fagegaltier - Vieux Pont - Belcastel
Andrée Rosier - Les Rosiers - Biarritz
Fumiko Maubert - Assa - Blois
Laetitia Cosnier - Côté Cuisine - Carnac
Nolwenn Corre - Hostellerie de la Pointe St-Mathieu – Le Conquet
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