#FoodieFriday: Five Pioneering Female Chefs whose Names You Should Know

By: Sydnee C. Winston, Project Coordinator

1. Cristeta Comerford

Cristeta Comerford became the first female White House Executive Chef in 2005 and also the first executive chef of Asian descent.

2. Julia Child

Julia Child was a well-known American chef, author, and television personality. Her famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, is credited with

bringing French cuisine to the American public and their kitchens.

3. Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich is a widely-recognized American chef, author and Emmy Award Winning TV show host. Her specialty is Italian and Italian-American cuisine and she has regularly contributed to public television cooking shows since 1988.

4.¬† “B.” Smith (Barbara Smith)

B. Smith is a well-known American restauranteur, author and TV show host. She owns three eponymously named¬† restaurants in Washington, DC’s Union Station, NYC and Long Island. Smith’s specialty is southern-style cuisine.

5. Alice Waters

Alice Louise Waters is a well-known American chef, author, restaurateur, and activist. She is the owner of Chez Paisse, in Berkley, California. The restaurant is known for its locally-grown and organic ingredients. Waters opened the restaurant in 1971 and its has consistently ranked among the world’s best restaurants.

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