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World's 50 Best Crowns Hélène Darroze Female Chef of the Year

Why is there still a separate award for women?

Courtesy of World's 50 Best

French chef Hélène Darroze has been named the 2015 Veuve Clicquot World's Best Female Chef. According to a press release, Darroze is a fourth generation chef who runs two restaurants: Hélène Darroze in Paris and the two-Michelin starred Hélène Darroze at the Connaught in London.

Upon graduation from culinary school, Darroze trained under chef Alain Ducasse at his Monaco restaurant, Louis XV. After three years she returned home to tun her family's restaurant Chez Darroze, before closing the restaurant at the age of 32 and opening her eponymous restaurant in Paris. Darroze will be honored at this year's The World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards, which will take place in London June 1.

Darroze joins a list of power house chefs who have won the somewhat controversial Best Female Chef award. Previous winners include Spanish chef Elena Arzak, French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, Brazilian chef Helena Rizzo, and Italian chef Nadia Santini.