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International Women´s day 2020: female chefs

On this special day, let´s mention just some female chefs I have had the opportunity to enjoy their food.

They have different styles, different backgrounds, and influences so they offer different gastronomic experiences

I love her cuisine as it´s honest without presumptuous. If you are looking for a Spanish cookbook, Sabor of Nieves Barragán is a “must-have”. I love her recipes, simple and tasty. I come from a region close to hers to what I cook is very similar and use similar recipes too. But she always put her personal twist which makes the traditional dishes even better.

Her story is fascinating. With some experience as a cook at her father’s restaurant, she migrated to Spain and worked as a cleaner in a restaurant and, from there, she became one of the best chefs in the world. At the beginning of this year, she decided to go back to her country and start a new project: train the next generation of women chefs in her native Dominican Republic. My favourite dish, white asparagus and cucumber soup.

And some names from Spain. Maybe they are not well-known abroad, but they have a special place in the gastronomy of my region.

Marisa Barberán, the chef at La Prensa. A place you must visit if it happens you are in Zaragoza. She creates a modern and elegant cuisine without forgetting the origins of the actual establishment, which was a humble wine shop with a dining room where the family of the current owner and sumiller, David Pérez, served home-made food to the wine buyers.

I always enjoy the tapas that Raquel Marcén creates at her Tapas and Restaurant place Meli Meló in Zaragoza. It´s just fun and a delicious experience. You always find something new and presented in a surprising way but always with local ingredients.

Ana and Mari are the heart of Casa Pardina, in Alquézar (Huesca). They offer comfort food, in very generous portions, using just local products. They make the most of seasonality so the menu is a fantastic experience, featuring the best that Nature offers each season.


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