London is full of exciting, innovative chefs. We take a look at some of London’s coolest female chefs in the business:
Korean food is starting to become increasingly popular in London, but there’s still a pretty low awareness. People often think Korea is a country in Southeast Asia and so they readily compare the cuisine to Thai food. In fact, Korea is a much colder country and therefore lemongrass and coconuts aren’t readily available. Jinjuu serve traditional Korean street food at its best, serving up Kimchi Fries, Pajeon Pancakes and their signature dish, Korean Fried Chicken.
Judy Joo is certainly a chef to watch.
It’s largely because of Head chef Allen that Pidgin is so hot right now. The set-menu is changed weekly and features modern, international and understated dishes; A fusion of her Singaporean-British heritage that shows her passion for travel.
Allen dropped out of her architecture studies for a career in the kitchen, using every opportunity to enhance her restrained but confident cooking style.
A co-founder of this Taiwanese street-food sensation, Chang serves faultless bao’s and a tight menu of other street-snacks alongside her partner Shing Tat Chung and his sister Wai Ting covering front of house.
Chang and her fellow founders travelled to Taiwan to learn how to make bao and have cleverly tweaked some of the trickier sells from her homeland to suit the British audience.
We would go as far as to say it’s the best bao in London. Head down to either of their Bao restaurants to see for yourselves…
Former fashion student Florence Knight found her love for cooking on a course at Leith’s School of Food and Wine in West London. Story has it that Polpo founder Russell Norman challenged her to make traditional Venetian salted cod. She did, and was rewarded by being made head chef at his buzzy Soho restaurant Polpetto.
Florence has now released a best-selling cookbook with another on the way and her website suggests her own restaurant is due to open soon…
Steytler’s experience as head chef at Gloucestershire’s Severn & Wye Smokery convinced the owners of Snaps and Rye to let her take the helm and she did not disappoint. Sure enough, the restaurant made a splash as soon as it opened.
Steytler’s respect for her ingredients is clear. Snaps & Rye’s sustainably sourced fish is perfectly smoked to retain its moisture and flavour; and everything, down to the house-infused aquavit, is homemade.
Their four-course set menus are available Thursday-Saturday and at £35, they’re a steal.
It takes a strong woman to work alongside your partner and not kill one another. While other couples bicker over box sets after a day at the office, Israeli-born Sarit Packer and her partner Itamar Srulovich spend all day, every day at the stoves of this hugely successful Middle Eastern café.
Packer’s telling description of Honey & Co as ‘an extension of our home’. and her warm, natural approach is reflected in her mouthwateringly aromatic dishes.
Perfect if you like laid-back dining with a difference.