By Patrick HiegerAs part of the lead-up to this year’s edition of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards, this morning the award was given out to the World’s Best Female Chef, as presented by Veuve Clicquot. Helena Rizzo of São Paulo’s Mani was the lucky winner, though it seems that luck might not actually have anything to do with it. This is now Rizzo’s second big win as a female chef, the first came last year when she was voted as Latin America’s Best Female Chef in the first ever Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. Now, the world.
Rizzo currently owns and operates Mani, open since 2006, with her husband Daniel Redondo whom she met while training at Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca, currently ranked as the number one restaurant in the world. Cooking wasn’t her first career choice, having dropped architecture and modeling in order to become a chef. If this award is a sign of what’s to come, it could be a big year for Latin America at this year’s 50 Best. We’ll be waiting with anticipation.