Writer ARIADNA FERNÁNDEZ UJJA
Hélène Darroze, chef of restaurants with her name in Paris and London, has received the Veuve Clicquot Award for the World’s Best Female Chef 2015. This prestigious award will be granted next June 1st in the ceremony of ‘The World 50 Best Restaurants Awards’, sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, in London.
Hélène, after the tutelage of renowned chef Alain Ducasse and her work for a few years in the family restaurant Darroze, has obtained other gastronomic awards as admission to the French Legion of Honor as Chevalier by the President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012 or her participation as a judge in the TV program Top Chef 2015 in France.
Hélène’s cuisine is essentially French, but in during the last years has dared with some British products in their dishes such as Cornish crab and Irish lobster. She works using ingredients with high quality, mostly local and seasonal products, and she cooks slightly to respect them. Darroze leads a life forming its own network of loyal providers, allowing her an incredible development of flavors with the freshest products. A complex and modest cuisine, perfectly balanced, with which he has created her star dish: the squid ink risotto with sauteed squid and chorizo, roasted tomatoes and parmesan foam.
Receiving the Veuve Clicquot Award for the World’s Best Female Chef 2015 is an honor, because hes dishes have passed through the palates of more than 900 of the hardest and venerated critics and chefs of the world that form the The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. This award is inspired by the life and accomplishments of Madame Clicquot, who led the way to follow for women in the business world with innovation and creativity. A prize that have also received the prestigious chef Elena Arzak from the Arzak restaurant in Spain, Anne-Sophie Pic from the Maison Pic restaurant in France, Nadia Santini from the Dal Pescatore restaurant in the Italian countryside, and last year’s winner, Helena Rizo from the Maní restaurant in Brazil.