12 women chefs you need to know about right now

This Women's History Month, get to know the culinary points of view of these female chefs

Women chefs have had an uphill battle.  Until recently, most home cooks were typically female, but women who worked in a professional capacity have not gotten the same respect as their male counterparts.

Julia Child was a game changer and she often celebrated other female chefs.  In fact, she even featured the first two women on this list in her show Cooking with Master Chefs in 1993.

And of course dessert! I said I had plans for those red currants, raspberries and blueberries yesterday?

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In the past 20 years, the number of women who work as chefs has grown a bit, but the statistics still seem a bit off. According to Data USA, more than 79 percent of chefs and head cooks are male.

Only a handful of chefs in-general rise to levels of fame, but there are even fewer women in this realm. Some of the best chefs out there may still remain unknown to the masses, but they make their customers, students and lovers of good food happy with their important contributions to the world of food.

Lamb burger goodness at The Breslin. Amazing!! #thebreslin #instafood #burger #nyc #newyork #theacehotel

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In celebration of Women's History Month, and because we love celebrating all things related to great food, we have created a list of the top 12 women chefs that you have to try as soon as you can get to them (and afford to try their amazing culinary creations).

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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