The Female Chefs to Watch in 2018

By Lauren Hill & Will Grice

While there are more Michelin starred female chefs than ever before, the restaurant industry is still incredibly unbalanced in terms of gender equality. According to the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the Office for National Statistics less than 20% of kitchens in the US and the UK are run by women.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, and the hard work and dedication shown by women working in kitchens across the globe Elite Traveler has rounded up a few of our favorite chefs who are regularly serving up some of the most impressive fine dining cuisine.

Manoella ‘Manu’ Buffara, Restaurante Manu

Serving up some of the world’s finest Brazilian cuisine is Manoella ‘Manu’ Buffara. Originally trained as a journalist, Buffara was the daughter of a farmer and spent the early years of her cooking career working at some of the world’s greatest restaurants including Alinea and Noma.

Since then she has gone on to open her own restaurant, Restaurante Manu, which focuses on regionalized Brazilian cooking, serving up dishes such as bobo de camarao (a cassava paste with dried shrimp, cashews and coconut milk) and lamb with polenta and barley. Focusing on fusing traditional Brazilian flavors with the techniques Buffara learnt during her time across the globe, Restaurante Manu is easily one of the top restaurants in all of Latin America.

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