Chef Nadia Santini wins Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef Awards

News  from the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef Awards, part of the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards  and sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, has just been released that Nadia Santini, matriarch and head chef at Dal Pescatore in Mantova, Italy, has been named the 2013 Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef.

Chef Santini had never cooked professionally prior to marrying into a restaurant family and beginning her culinary career at Dal Pescatore’s kitchen in 1974. Here she began her training with her new husband’s grandmother Teresa. Twenty-two years later, she was the first Italian woman to be awarded three Michelin stars. Today she works at the restaurant with her husband Antonio, who manages the restaurant’s front of house team, as well as their sons Alberto and Giovanni.

The Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef award celebrates the work of an exceptional female chef whose cooking excites the toughest of critics of the world, 936 of whom voted in this category.

The award is inspired by the life and achievements of Madame Clicquot, who nearly 200 years ago, set the standard for women in business. The winner reflects Madame Clicquot’s attributes of innovation, creativity and determination.

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