Hélène Darroze! She was named as the Top Female Chef in the World by Veuve Clicquot. Here is some more info:
The chef from the Landes region in southwestern France will receive her award on June 1 in London when the list of the world’s 50 best restaurants is revealed.
In fact, it’s in the English capital that the chef made a name for herself among foreign gastronomes. In 2008, the former student of Alain Ducasse took over the kitchen at the legendary Connaught Hotel in the Mayfair neighborhood. At this prestigious epicurean temple, Chef Darroze deploys the entire gamut of French culinary techniques and savors in her arsenal.
The French, on the other hand, knew her long before. Her eponymous restaurant opened in Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Près neighborhood way back in 1999. Today, her popularity has only increased since becoming a judge on the French version of “Top Chef.”