Hélène Darroze is ecstatic these days, and with the good reason. The culinary connoisseur has been named as the Veuve Clicquot world’s best female chef 2015. This is not your run-of-the-mill award with votes from 1,000 restaurant industry experts and international gourmets – some who are members of the Diners’ Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.
Darroze will be bestowed upon with this honour on June 1 in London when the list of the world’s best 50 restaurants is announced. Her signature dishes include poached lobster in seaweed butter with white asparagus and bottarga breadcrumbs; and foie gras from her home region of Landes in southwestern France with cocoa, calamansi fruit and gingerbread.-
London led to the birth of her culinary journey. A protégé of Alain Ducasse – Darozze took over the kitchen at the legendary Connaught Hotel in the Mayfair neighborhood. At this prestigious culinary eatery, Darozze experiments with French culinary techniques.
Today the French chef has found herself on the panel of the French version of “Top Chef”.