By now, it's no secret that restaurant kitchens tend to be a male-dominated space. Between harrowing sexism and societal pressures, choosing to be a female chef in an industry that many consider to be run by men is no easy move — and actually succeeding at it? That can prove even harder.
But pioneers like Julia Child paved the way for modern revolutionaries, like these 21 kickass female chefs. No longer are women hitting the glass ceiling that was once sous chefs or pastry positions — and if they hit it, they aren't stopping. They are shattering through it, hopefully once and for all.
Best of all, they're doing it with style. From nose-to-tail animal cooking to fanciful, sugary concoctions, the cooking done by these women is not only done just as well as men do, but women can do it with their own signature spin. Read on to discover 21 names that should be on your radar — these female chefs are serving up some serious changes to the culinary industry as we know it.