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Michelin France seeks to address gender imbalance

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Michelin France seeks to address gender imbalance

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

Mi-Ra Thuillant - L'Essentiel - Deauville

Lydia Egloff - Bonne Auberge - Forbach / Stiring-Wendel

Camille Pailleau - Rozo - Lille

Reine Sammut - Auberge La Fenière - Lourmarin

Françoise Mutel - La Maison dans le Parc - Nancy

Virginie Basselot - Chantecler (Hôtel Negresco) - Nice

Anne-Sophie Pic - La Dame de Pic - Paris

Adeline Grattard - Yam'Tcha - Paris

Ayumi Sugiyama - Accents Table Bourse - Paris

Fabienne EymardBenoit - Paris

Julia Sedefdjian - Baieta - Paris

Hélène DarrozeHélène Darroze Marsan  - Paris

Stéphanie Le Quellec - La Scène (Hôtel Prince de Galles) - Paris

Kwen Liew - Pertinence - Paris

Chiho Kansaki - Virtus - Paris

Naoëlle d'Hainaut - L'Or Quidée - Pontoise

Virginie Giboire - Racines - Rennes

Fanny Rey - Fanny Rey et Jonathan Wahid – Sanit Remy De Province

Amélie Darvas - Äponem - Auberge du Presbytère - Vailhan

Anne-Sophie Pic – Pic - Valence

SEE THE FULL MICHELIN GUIDE FRANCE 2019

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