Female chefs breaking down gender barriers, bite by bite

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From Milan to Paris, two women are paving the way in a traditionally male industry

Berlin, March 3rd, 2016 — International Women’s Day is a chance for us to celebrate not only the women of foodora, who make up half our global team, but also the women behind our restaurants.

In a typically male-dominated restaurant industry (in 2010, only 23% of chefs in the UK and 19% in the US were women), Rosy and Angèle are paving the way for female chefs with their unique restaurants. Recently, we profiled the two women as part of our new video series, foodoracle, which showcases the people behind our food.

Our very first episode of foodoracle kicked-off at Sushi Yokohama in Milan, where Rosy draws on Italian and Japanese culinary traditions to concoct innovative fusion cuisine. We then traveled to Hamburg and Stockholm before dining at La Guinguette d’Angèle in Paris. There, Angèle serves some of the most beautiful and not to mention healthy food you’ll ever feast your eyes on.

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For both women, being a chef is more than just making tasty food—it’s how they express their beliefs about themselves and the world. For Rosy, the daughter of Chinese immigrants to Italy, that means being unafraid to mix-and-match cultures as she sees fit, especially if it will result in food that tastes great. Her daring has already paid off, making Sushi Yokohama one of the best-regarded restaurants in Milan, a city stubbornly proud of its authentic Italian heritage.

For me, being a chef is being a rebel. I'm not scared of being different

Rosy, Milan

However, for all her rebelliousness in the kitchen, Rosy is following in her parents’ footsteps. They too ran a restaurant, where Rosy helped out as a child. As a teen, she ran away, determined to strike out on her own, but, after working at different restaurants, she decided her skills would be better used in opening a restaurant of her own. Now married with two kids, she told us that “this work is inside my DNA. I can’t imagine my life doing something else.”

Angèle’s path has been less straightforward than Rosy’s. She spent her childhood between Paris and a farm in the south of France, where she learned to see food as intimately connected to nature. As a young adult, she traveled to San Francisco, where the local foods movement was in full-swing, and Britain, where she met Céleste Candido, a pioneering naturopath. On her return to Paris, she began studying naturopathy herself and fell in love with healthy cooking.

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Now 27, Angèle has already published her own cookbook and opened her restaurant in the heart of Paris. She has an infectious laugh and seems to embody her own credo, that food can make people “healthy and happy.” Not only is the food she and her all-female team make delicious and organic (not to mention fresh, locally-sourced, and gluten- and dairy-free): it’s also startlingly beautiful, with luscious pink cabbage shredded over golden polenta, salads sprinkled with bright blue wildflowers, and green smoothies adorned with a caviar of dark chocolate. 

I actually created my dream job. I do what I love, and I am happy every day.

Angèle, Paris

Although Rosy and Angèle have been both successful in their own ventures, there is still much progress to be made before more women take a similar lead. That’s why we think International Women’s Day is a great chance to highlight their inspirational stories. For more about each woman and future episodes featuring other chefs, check out the foodoracle.

Until next year, happy International Women’s Day and remember to celebrate it with great women and great food.

About foodora

foodora was launched in Germany in October 2014, backed by Rocket Internet in April 2015 and merged with Delivery Hero in September 2015. The on-demand delivery service currently connects high-quality restaurants and foodies in over 10 countries and is changing the way food delivery is viewed and experienced globally.  

How does foodora work

Through the foodora website or via the new iOS and Android apps, customers can enter their postal code and view a curated list of restaurants serving their neighborhood. Once they have found their meal of choice, they can place the order in the comfort of their home or office, paying online through foodora's secure platform. The order is then carefully prepared by the restaurant, picked up by the foodora logistics team and delivered to their doorstep in around 30 minutes.

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About foodora

foodora was launched in Germany in October 2014, backed by Rocket Internet in April 2015 and merged with Delivery Hero in September 2015. The on-demand delivery service currently connects high-quality restaurants and foodies in 10 countries and is changing the way food delivery is viewed and experienced globally.

How it works

Through the foodora website or via the new iOS and Android apps, customers can enter their postal code and view a curated list of restaurants serving their neighborhood. Once they have found their meal of choice, they can place the order in the comfort of their home or office, paying online through foodora’s secure platform. The order is then carefully prepared by the restaurant, picked up by the foodora logistics team and delivered to their doorstep in around 30 minutes.

Website: www.foodora.com