Not a single independent female chef saw her restaurant recognized in this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, released today.
Only three female chefs, each of whom co-runs a restaurant with a man, made the list.
The highest-ranked woman is Pía León, who runs Lima, Peru’s Central with Virgilio Martinez, and came in 5th. Next is Elena Arzak, who runs Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain, with father Juan Mari Arzak. Their restaurant, known for “modern Basque” cuisine, came in 30th. New York City Mexican restaurant Cosme, by Daniela Soto-Innes and Enrique Olvera, ranked 40th. Arzak and León were the only two women to appear on the 2016 list.
New York City’s Eleven Madison Park, by chef and owner Daniel Humm, took the top spot.
Meanwhile, Food & Wine magazine released its Best New Chefs list for 2017, featuring four women across 10 restaurants, on Monday.
Representatives for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants did not immediately respond to request for comment.
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