Celebrating the excellence of female chefs

Getting to know some lesser known, but equally impressive, female chefs.

Jessica Mckeown
7th March 2023
Image credit: Facebook - Asma Said Khan
This International Women's Day, The Courier is celebrating female chefs. Rather than reintroducing you to the likes of Nigella Lawson and Nadiya Hussain, women who have become household names and regularly appear on our televisions, get to know some equally impressive, but less well-known, women...

Asma Khan:

Owner of the Darjeeling Express, Asma Khan has gone on to challenge the stigma of second daughters in Indian families. Despite achieving a law degree and a doctorate in British Constitutional Law from King's College London, Khan knew her future lay in the food industry and began supper clubs. Starting with a residency and later winning her own restaurant, Khan's restaurant is entirely staffed by women, most of whom are immigrants and/or second daughters. Khan became the first British chef to appear on Netflix's Chef's Table and started up the Second Daughters Fund, which is a non-profit.

Ruth Hansom:

At age thirteen, Ruth Hansom began growing fruit and vegetables in her mother's garden, sparking an interest in cooking that took her to the position of runner-up in the Future Chef competition at age sixteen. Attending Westminster College, Hansom jumped in the deep end with a three-year apprenticeship at The Ritz, being trained by execute chef John Williams MBE. Working her way up to the position of chef de partie, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star on Hansom's 21st birthday. She took part, won many competitions, and achieved her first head chef position at the Luton Hoo Hotel. After the Hotel shut down, Hansom moved to The Princess of Shoreditch gastropub where she won many accolades, including three AA rosettes. Hansom can now be found as executive chef at the Swinton Estate.

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