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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 Eymard – Benoit - Paris
Julia Sedefdjian - Baieta - Paris
Hélène Darroze - Hélène 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