Brazilian chef Helena Rizzo of Maní has been named Veuve Clicquot World's Best Female Chef. Her restaurant in São Paulo was added to the World's 50 Best list last year at #46 and to the Latin America's 50 Best list at #5.
Rizzo trained in Europe, where she apprenticed at El Celler de Can Roca, currently ranked the #1 restaurant in the world. She opened Maní with her husband chef Daniel Redondo in 2006. Serving her own style of Brazilian fusion, Rizzo works with traditional Brazilian ingredients and contemporary cooking techniques.
Rizzo was the first-ever recipient of the Veuve Clicquot Latin America's Best Female Chef award last year. Past winners of the sometimes-controversial Best Female Chef award include Italian chef Nadia Santini, Spanish chef Elena Arzak, and French chef Anne-Sophie Pic.