Experience Award-Winning Female Chefs of Europe

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Curator’s statement

While male chefs still lead most of the finest restaurants in Europe, female chefs are making huge strides in garnering major accolades for their work. More than 20 female chefs have been awarded Michelin stars since 2018 and what better way to celebrate (and sample!) their creations than a European foodie adventure organized around dining experiences and their restaurants.

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Things to do in Europe

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Le Marais Food & Wine Tasting Tour

Explore one of the most trendy neighborhoods in Paris, on the Right Bank. A small group food tour (max 10 people) can help you sample the wide diversity of food experiences this area has to offer. Pro tip - the Pletzl neighborhood features the old and new of Jewish-style cuisine. Try Florence Kahn patisserie and pick up a falafel along the Rue de Rosiers.

Sample Berlin's Diverse Ethnic Foods

Berlin's food culture long ago broadened its scope beyond traditional German cuisine. For instance, inventive Turkish dishes have had a strong presence for several decades. I can recommend a knowledgeable guide to help you uncover some of the best this city has to offer.

Tuscan Cuisine

Take part in creating traditional Tuscan foods from start to finish with visits to a local market in Florence and Tuscan farm and then a small group class to create a multi-course lunch. On another day pick up picnic provisions and enjoy a picnic in the Boboli Gardens.

Swiss Chocolaterie

When in Switzerland you cannot miss the opportunity to learn about chocolate making and to sample the wide range of confections being produced today. At the Lindt Home of Chocolate near Zurich, you can take part in a private champagne truffle making experience. In contrast, Max Chocolatier in Lucerne is an example of one of the small-scale boutique producers. I recommend their private tasting experience and their seasonal truffles.

The Switzerland Chocolate Train will take you on a unique day trip from Montreux to Gruyeres and Broc. At Maison du Gruyère you learn about the production of their famous Swiss cheese and at Cailler you will experience the oldest chocolate brand still in production. Here, Géraldine Müller Maras holds the role of chef chocolatier. The train portion includes seating in a Belle Époque carriage and a wonderfully scenic ride.

While in Zurich, I recommend visiting Stadtkäserei & Restaurant. This is a unique urban cheese maker and restaurant that also offers small group workshops and cozy private dinners showcasing local food products. They work hard to use all of the outputs of their production process - for instance, innovative cocktails with dairy ingredients.

Eat With is a network of local hosts, chefs and food experts who will personally host you for a meal, take you on a special tour to experience local foods, or teach you culinary techniques from the local area. Across Europe, I can help you connect with a hyper-local food experience that fits your interests via Eat With.

Places to eat & drink in Europe

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LucideLucerne, Switzerland – Honest food that features just a handful of ingredients per dish but reveals a lot of complexity. Vegetables play a main role, but this isn’t a place just for vegetarians. Located inside the KKL Luzern concert hall, you can pair your dinner with a performance of the resident orchestra the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester. Two set menus in the evening include one that is vegetarian. Features an open kitchen with Chef’s Table. Michèle Meier is the award-winning chef here. Recently awarded 1 Michelin star.

Gucci OsteriaFlorence, Italy – Chef Karime López integrates influences from across the globe, particularly drawing from her home country of Mexico. A five-course tasting menu is on offer, or opt for selections from the a la carte menu with playful names like The Cannoli That Wants to Become a Cannelloni alongside Florentine classics like Rossini’s Chianina.

KLEZurich, Switzerland – Moroccan-Spanish chef and owner, Zineb Hattab, was the first vegan chef in Switzerland to be awarded a green Michelin star. A highly seasonal 3, 4 or 5 course “Surprise Menu” is described simply by a list of ingredients, and the combinations entice you to jump in (…ancho chile, apple, hazelnuts, tostada…)

Baieta Paris, France – Mediterranean cuisine is the focus of the menu at the Left Bank establishment just steps from the Seine. Under the leadership of Chef Julia Sedefdjian, who was the youngest Michelin-starred chef in France in 2016, the menu particularly highlights fish like smoked haddock and classics like bouillabaisse.

Kin Dee Berlin, Germany – Upscale Thai cuisine featuring numerous sustainable fish, meat, and vegetable suppliers. Service is family style and in three courses. Chef Dalad Kambhu produces colorful presentations with intense flavors, and wine and cocktail pairings that keep things extra interesting.

Araka – Istanbul, Turkey – Zeynep Pinar Tasdemir is owner and chef at modern Turkish restaurant, Araka. She has created a menu with a focus on seasonal produce and medicinal herbs. The setting is simple and quiet, romantic and cozy – and a contrast to the bustle of other neighborhoods in Istanbul.

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