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Two restaurants, two cities and a total of three Michelin stars: Restaurant catches up with a very busy Hélène Darroze, the newly crowned World’s Best Female Chef

If the beginning of the film Ratatouille is anything to go by, Hélène Darroze is strict, shouty and firm in the kitchen. But watch until the end of the film and you’ll see the character Colette transform into the warm-hearted, balanced chef on whom she was based: the chef-patron of two Michelin-starred restaurants in two cities – in London and in Paris.

It’s not often that cooks are immortalised as Pixar animation characters, but Darroze has captured hearts and minds across the restaurant industry both here and in her native France. This is perhaps one of the reasons her peers voted her the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef 2015, succeeding Helena Rizzo of Mani in São Paulo. But while she is proud of her achievements and loves her portrayal in the movie, she is clear on the fact that her success is down to nothing but hard work, talent and family heritage. Being a woman has never held her back: she was simply born to cook.

Read the full article in Restaurant magazine (June2015)