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World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches inaugural Female Chef Award

By Becky Paskin , 29-Mar-2011
Last updated on 29-Mar-2011 at 11:20 GMT2011-03-29T11:20:05Z

Elena Arzak, Nadfia Santini and Anne-Sophie Pic have been nominated for the first ever World's Best Female Chef award

Elena Arzak, Nadfia Santini and Anne-Sophie Pic have been nominated for the first ever World's Best Female Chef award

The S.Pellegrino Worlds 50 Best Awards will this year see the launch of a brand new award category – the Veuve Cliquot World’s Best Female Chef Award.

The award has been launched in collaboration with Restaurant magazine to recognise and reward the very best female chef in the World.

Three critically acclaimed chefs have been shortlisted for the award:

Elena Arzak from Arzak in Spain (last year’s No.9), Anne-Sophie Pic from Maison Pic in France (last year’s 51), and Nadia Santini from Dal Pescatore in Italy (last year’s No.36).

The World’s Best Female Chef Award has been voted for by the 806 members of the Electrolux World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, who are also responsible for deciding which restaurants from around the world make it onto the 50 Best list.

Stephane Gerschel, director of international communications at Veuve Cliquot, said the launch of the award category was inspired by the achievements of Madame Cliquot, who in 1805, took on her husband’s business when widowed at the age of 27.

“The three women shortlisted here absolutely reflect Madame Clicquot's attributes of innovation, creativity and determination and we congratulate them on their accomplishment,” said Gerschel.

The winner of the World’s Best Female Chef Award will be announced on 11 April, and recognised at the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall on 18 April.

BigHospitality will be reporting live from the event. For up-to-the-minute photos, news, video interviews and gossip, join us on Facebook.

The winners of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards will be announced live on our Facebook page, and listed later on BigHospitality on 18 April.

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