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At Pace we love food, cooking and women. That’s why on a day as special as today, we want to commemorate and pay tribute to 8 women who have gone down in history thanks to their food.

Do you want to know who they are?

  • Clare Smyth

  • Clare Smyth MBE is North Ireland's first female chef to receive three Michelin stars. Previously the Head Chef of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant, Clare opened her first restaurant, Core, in 2017 which went on to receive 3 Michelin Stars 2021. Clare has since gone on to open her second restaurant Oncore, in Sydney. Clare's perseverance and passion to succeed in a male-dominated world has led to her achieving phenomenal international success and critical acclaim.

  • Cristeta Comerford

  • After working in several prominent restaurants across the US and Vienna, Cristeta was hired as the White House Assistant Chef to the Clinton Family in 1995. In 2005, Cristeta rose to the position of White House Executive Chef, a role she has held ever since, serving the Bush, Obama, Trump and Biden administrations. She is the first woman to hold the title of White House Executive Chef and the first Filipino-American to hold the position.

  • Eugénie Brazier

  • Eugénie Brazier was a French chef, who in 1933 became the first person to win six Michelin stars, three for her restaurant La Mére Brazier, located in the centre of Lyon, and three for her restaurant of the same name, located outside the city. This feat went unmatched for 65 years until in 1998 when Alain Ducasse was awarded six Michelin stars. Eugénie will go down in history as the first chef to receive the maximum number of stars, and the first chef to do it twice! As if that weren't enough, she turned Lyon into France's second gastronomic capital, right behind Paris.

  • Daniela Sotto-Innes

  • Born and raised in Mexico City, Sotto-Innes dedicated her life to cooking from an early age, and it didn’t take long for others to recognise her talent, hard work, and potential. In 2016, Sotto-Innes received the James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef. Three years later, at just 28 years of age, she became the youngest chef ever to receive the title of World’s Best Chef by “World’s 50 best restaurants”. In 2014 she helped open Cosme restaurant in NYC before partnering with Enrique Olvera, to open the contemporary Mexican restaurant Atla, in New York.

  • Anne-Shopie Pic

  • In 2007, French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, became the first female chef to receive three Michelin stars in France, in over 56 years. In doing so, she became the fourth female chef to receive three Michelin stars. She has since gone on to open her own restaurant, Restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic, in Lausanne, Switzerland, which was awarded two Michelin stars in 2009, and in 2011, she was named the World’s Best Female Chef by World’s Best Restaurants. However, we adore Anne-Sophie for her work in winning three Michelin stars and helping to break a 56 year gender gap in French gastronomy, even if there is still work to do!

  • Nyesha Arrington

  • Nyesha brings her Afro-Korean heritage to create unique and inspired dishes. Nyesha has trained in some of the toughest, Michelin starred, kitchens around the world. However, she pays tribute to her grandmother for introducing foods like bulgogi, octopus, and kimchi from an early age. This influence no doubt widened her palate and is infused in the flavours she uses to this day. As well as appearing on Top Chef, Nyesha has opened two restaurants, LA: Leone and Native. In addition to running her own catering and consulting business, Nyesha,  continues to travel the world running multiple, successful pop-ups. 

  • Tirzah Love

  • After working in private industry for over 6 years, Tirzah realised that “If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life”, thus beginning her transition into becoming a chef and the founder of Tirzah Catering LLC. Tirzah’s career started from humble beginnings, writing a blog about her passion for healthy, organic and GMO free cuisine. This turned into catering requests for wedding receptions, baby showers, and upscale birthday celebrations. Using social media, chef Tirzah was able to grow her business, showing that by following your passion and staying true to yourself you can achieve amazing things. 

  • Petrina Peart

  • Petrina has been making waves in the Vegas food scene for the last 5 years, working at restaurants such as Andiron and Americana, as well as opening a vegan fine dining concept Gaiya’s Harvest - a pop-up dinner and small events concept that also offers cooking lessons.  However, Petrina points to her childhood in Jamaica, going outside and picking fresh fruit from the tree, as the inspiration behind her love of food. Her passion further developed over eight years of service with the Air Force, travelling the world and experiencing different cuisines. As a result of these experiences, she gained a deeper appreciation for food and its ability to connect people across cultures and languages. 

    ‘’After all those years as a woman hearing 'not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not thin enough, not that enough', almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought 'I am enough’.’’

    We hope you have enjoyed the stories of these 8 strong and successful women and we hope you join us in celebrating all of the amazing women around the world.

    Would you like to follow in the footsteps of our super chefs? Why not cook your favourite meal in celebration! We’ve got the ingredients and we’ll be at your door in 30 min!

    Happy International Women's Day


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