Meet The (Female) Chefs Who Influence What (And How) You Eat

An anything-but comprehensive list of some of the culinary women who shape what we cook and eat.

1. Some certain people have been saying lately that the kitchen is still a “Boys Club.”

2. We’re not going to name any names.

3. But we would like to offer some female additions to the list of chefs who influence what (and how) you eat.

4. Meet some of today’s most influential tastemakers and their food.

5. Alice Waters

Alice owns Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, and has been honored with the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef, James Beard Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Wall Street Journal’s Humanitarian Innovator Award of 2013 for her work in making farm-to-table food more accessible.

6. Maneet Chauhan

Maneet is a Chopped judge, has competed on Iron Chef, won 3-stars from The Chicago Tribune during her time at Vermilion, was nominated as Time Out’s “Best Import to New York” and will be opening a new restaurant in Nashville soon.

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Try Maneet’s recipe for Moong Daal ka Chilla (Savory Lentil Crepes)

8. Barbara Lynch

Barbara oversees 8 concepts in Boston and is no stranger to the “Best (New Chef, Chef, New Restaurant, Restaurant)” categories for the James Beard Awards, Bon Appetit, Esquire, Food & Wine, and Saveur. She also is a member of organizations like Bocuse d’Or.

9. Alex Raij

Alex, alongside her husband Eder, owns 3 restaurants in the greater New York City area. She was named Eater’s 2012 Chef of the Year. / Via Alta Editions

Try Alex’s Pork & Tomatillo Stew recipe

11. Stephanie Izard

After winning Top Chef, Stephanie went on to open some of Chicago’s most popular restaurants, which have garnered her a James Beard Award for Best Chef and heaps of clout from Food & Wine, Saveur, Bon Appetit, and the Michelin Guide.

12. Katy Sparks

Katy received a Best New Chef nod from Food & Wine and Rising Star Chef from Wine Spectator and Restaurant Hospitality. She has worked in legendary kitchens, like Quilted Giraffe and Mesa Grill, and with legendary chefs, like Bobby Flay. Katy is the new chef of the iconic Tavern on the Green. / Via Alta Editions

Try Katy’s Mac and Five Cheeses with Cauliflower and Pumpkin Seed Crust

14. Suzanne Goin

Suzanne Goin runs four restaurants in the L.A. area. She was named as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chefs of 1999,” was nominated for James Beard awards in 2003 and 2005 and won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: California in 2006.

15. Rita Sodi

Rita Sodi left a career at Calvin Klein to open I Sodi, a West Village staple. I Sodi has been lauded by New York Magazine, The New Yorker, and The New York Times to name a few. / Via Alta Editions

Try Rita’s recipe for Insalata di Carciofi (Raw Artichoke Salad)

17. We’re totally aware that we’re leaving people out.

Alex Guarnaschelli

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

Nadia Santini

20. We really could go on forever.

April Bloomfield

Sarah Simmons

Sara Jenkins

Rachel Graville

Carmen Gonzalez

25. Okay, we’ll stop. But we’d love to hear your suggestions!

For more recipes from four amazing female chefs, check out our new online cookbook The Journey:

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