Anne-Sophie Pic, chef proprietor of Maison Pic in Valence, France, has been named the first ever winner of the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef 2011.
Pic took the helm of the south-eastern restaurant when both her father and grandfather retired, having trained in the USA and Japan.
Specialising in fish and seafood dishes, focusing on textures and light flavours, she subsequently became just the fourth woman ever to hold a third Michelin star for Maison Pic in 2007.
Pic was chosen to receive the award over Elena Arzak of Arzak in San Sebastien, Spain, and Nadia Santini from Dal Pescatore near Milan, Italy.
Stephane Gerschel, director of International Communications at Veuve Clicquot, said: “Anne-Sophie Pic’s achievements at Maison Pic exemplify what the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef award set out to identify. She is known for her commitment to innovation and creativity whilst observing and honouring the traditions of the restaurant set up by her grandfather. As in Madame Clicquot’s case 200 years ago, Anne-Sophie Pic also sets the standard for women in the creative culinary arts and Veuve Clicquot would like to congratulate her on this fantastic accomplishment.”
She will collect her award at the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards on 18 April.