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Her Name Is Chef


Looking for a riveting title to add to the queue? Her Name Is Chef is a new feature documentary that takes a much-needed deep dive into the restaurant industry and the (far too few) women in it. This thought-provoking film highlights six women who are fighting for equality in the mostly male-dominated industry. Built around the story of Pakistani American executive chef Fatima Ali, who died in 2019 from a rare form of cancer, this documentary explores how women are seen in the food-based profession and what it takes for them to achieve their success. "Why do I have to be labeled as a female chef?" Esther Choi asks in the film's trailer. "I'm just a chef."




Her Name Is Chef



Ali began her culinary career as a junior sous chef at Café Centro in New York City.[1][5] In 2012, she won an episode of Chopped (Season 12, episode 2, "A Guts Reaction") on the Food Network.[2] She continued her career in New York City, becoming the youngest executive sous chef at Stella 34 Trattoria at Macy's Herald Square, and then the executive sous chef at La Fonda del Sol.[5]


Its subjects include Fatima Ali, a former Food Network star that sadly passed away in 2019. The late, beloved New York City chef was also a "Top Chef" contestant during Season 15 in late 2017, and died from a bone cancer known as Ewing's sarcoma. This new documentary was filmed during her cancer treatment, and the film spends time addressing how Ali's diagnosis presented its own array of challenges to her career trajectory (via Us Weekly).


Directed by Peter Ferriero, "Her Name Is Chef" depicts how these six women have navigated the intensely male-dominated restaurant industry, which is as rife with every bit of gender discrimination as the clichés would suggest. Though, as US Foods reports, women are making more and more strides, including holding an ownership role in half of the restaurants around the country and as much as 46% of female chefs in management positions (a statistic from the U.S. Department of Labor).


If you flip on the Food Network at any given time, you have a pretty good chance of seeing one of the most famous (and recognizable) chefs in America, Guy Fieri. Known for his iconic highlighted hair, Oakley sunglasses and bowling shirts, Fieri is maybe the most mainstream famous chef.


Carla Hall is known for being a famous chef on TV mainly because of her multiple appearances on the hit shows Top Chef and Iron Chef: America. She became a fan favorite on those series and eventually landed a gig as a co-host on the daytime cooking talk show The Chew.


In addition to the multiple figurative hats they wear, chefs are also typically required to wear a physical hat for sanitation purposes. But did you know that the type of hat a chef wears can tell you a lot about their role? Throughout history, chef hats have indicated factors such as title, rank in the kitchen, and even their level of expertise.


When the Byzantine Empire invaded Greece, Greek chefs fled to nearby monasteries for protection. While there, they attempted to fit in by adopting the garb of the monks, including a large stovepipe hat. Even after the Byzantines retreated, Greek chefs continued to wear the hats as a form of rebellion and a sign of solidarity.


Gordon Ramsay has a whooping five restaurants in Las Vegas with a sixth on the way at Harrah's. And while Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris casino is the British chef's finest fine dining experience, Hell's Kitchen collects his greatest hits in one place with a dining room and open kitchen inspired by the hit television show of the same name. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide colorful Strip views and a digital version of Ramsay will even yell at you near the entrance. But you're here to eat, so wolf down Ramsay's famous Beef Wellington alongside Pan-Seared Scallops, Lobster Risotto, and other favorites. Of course, you can't skip the Sticky Toffee Pudding, topped with Dulce de Leche ice cream. Each of Ramsay's Vegas restaurants actually offers their own variation on the dessert, including a traditional vanilla a la mode version at Gordon Ramsay Pub, a shake and pop at Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, and an ice cream sandwich at Gordon Ramsay Burger.


He may not be the most famous name on this list, but Nobu Matsuhisa is likely the most influential. He popularized dishes like Black Cod Miso, Firecracker Shrimp, and Jalapeno Yellowtail, which are now common on Japanese menus throughout the industry. The iconic chef knows the power of branding. Instead of branching out with numerous concepts, he continues to open Nobu locations throughout the world, including two in Las Vegas (Caesars Palace and Virgin Hotels) with a third on the way in 2022 at the Paris casino. If that wasn't enough, he even has a Nobu hotel tower at Caesars Palace.How to book: Book an online reservation at Caesars Palace or Virgin Hotels.


Bobby Flay has been a longtime fixture in Las Vegas, but the Iron Chef veteran is going through a period of transition. After a run of 16 years, the celebrity chef replaced Mesa Grill with Amalfi at Caesars Palace, trading in Southwest flavors for fresh seafood and coastal Italian cuisine. Choose from the day's catch, on display in the dining room, and have it grilled whole or filleted. The menu is rounded out by eight pastas and a selection of Spritz variations, which go down nicely in the Mediterranean-inspired dining room. Flay also said goodbye to Bobby's Burger Palace at CityCenter during the pandemic, but recently welcomed the arrival of Bobby's Burgers service counters at Caesars Palace, Paris, and Harrah's.


Wolfgang Puck was famous for his cooking long before the term "celebrity chef" became a thing. His restaurant portfolio spans throughout the world, from Grand Rapids to Bahrain, but don't overlook his five restaurants in Las Vegas. While Spago has incredible patio views at the Bellagio, Cut at the Venetian is a more well-rounded and luxurious culinary experience. From olive-fed Wagyu Beef to fresh raw bar items and a roaming whiskey cart, the steakhouse has all the bases covered in a stylish, modern dining room. If you want to enjoy a wider variety of food from the celebrity chef, check out Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at the MGM Grand, Lupo for Italian at Mandalay Bay, and Wolfgang Puck Players Locker off the Strip at Downtown Summerlin.How to book: Call 702-607-6300 or book a reservation online.


Masaharu Morimoto became an Iron Chef in Japan, helped bring the concept to America, and now has an empire of Japanese restaurants throughout the world. His self-titled Morimoto at the MGM Grand has a little bit of everything, from fresh sushi and sashimi to A5 Wagyu grilled Teppanyaki-style. And if you want to light up your Instagram feed, whip out your camera phone and order the square-shaped Maki Rolls. Morimoto is also the only restaurant in Las Vegas to serve the chef's own line of sake. Ask for a taste served neat or in a cocktail.How to book: Call 702-891-3001 or book a reservation via SevenRooms.


Todd English is on a roll in Las Vegas. The celebrity chef just put his name behind The English Hotel, a new boutique resort in the Arts District that's home to the Pepper Club, serving a fresh take on Japanese-American cuisine. English also runs The Beast at AREA15, for burgers, wings, and smoked barbecue. However, Todd English's Olives at Virgin Hotels is the best representation of what the chef is all about, serving innovative takes on Italian cuisine within a charming, romantic atmosphere. The restaurant also acts as a test kitchen of sorts, so ask about the latest specials, which may feature red or purple pastas, squid ink, or vegan cheeses at any given time. After closing the original Vegas version of Olives at the Bellagio years ago, English's renewed presence in Las Vegas could be a sign of things to come. The chef is planning more hotels and Olives restaurants throughout the country.


You might even be surprised by some of the names missing from our list. Keep reading to find out which are the most googled chefs on the web in 2022, and learn more about how they earned a spot on the list.


Besides his television work, Fieri has written several cookbooks and reportedly owns more than 70 restaurants and 14 brands. And while he does not have a Michelin star to his name, Fieri has other accolades to be proud of.


Austrian chef Wolfgang Puck is one of the most renowned chefs in the world, and for good reason. Before moving to Los Angeles in his 20s, Puck trained with acclaimed chefs in Paris and Monaco and did a two-year stint in Indianapolis.


However, Puck became even more popular after opening his very first restaurant, Spago, on the Sunset Strip, which earned two Michelin stars. Zagat even named Spago the most iconic restaurant in Los Angeles in 2013.


Although pastry chef Amaury Guichon is just 31 years old, he has already made a name for himself in the industry and is currently one of the most googled chefs on the internet. Born in Cannes and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, Guichon started his culinary training at just 13, and soon after that, he was working in bakeries in Geneva and Paris.


World-renowned chef Alex Giarnaschelli grew up with a love for cooking and food, and she was inspired by her mother, cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli, to follow in her footsteps. Her experience working in some of the leading restaurants in the world, including the world-famous, three-Michelin-starred Guy Savoy restaurant in Paris earned Guarnaschelli an unrivaled reputation in the business.


She currently serves as executive chef at the Butter restaurant in NYC and is a popular television personality. Guarnaschelli has appeared on shows like The Kitchen, Iron Chef America, All-Star Family Cook-off, and The Best Thing I Ever Ate.


Indian chef Vikas Khanna moved to the United States in 2000 on a mission to popularize Indian food in America. His love for cooking was instilled in him by his grandmother, as he grew up watching her prepare delicious dishes in his hometown of Amritsar. 041b061a72


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