Only 43 women of the 262 Best New Chefs published in Food & Wine -- or less than 16 percent -- have made the list since it was launched in 1988. No women were chosen in 2003. One woman was selected from 2004 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2011. Two women were named in 2008, 2012 and 2014.
But there is hope for female professional chefs out there yet.
Though the laws of restaurant physics state that a critic’s review can mean the life or death of a restaurant, sometimes those laws are broken. Sometimes a place remains open due to good service, rich clientele, or witch magic (we’re positive Bandolero exists because of Santería rituals). Sometimes sheer trendiness, celebrity love, and the perceived value that results can make a restaurant succeed. Hell, we’ll even admit to making a reservation now and then based on nothing but a restaurant’s recent buzz. Here, We’ve picked six restaurants that have notedly defied the odds, and the critics. What do they have that everyone else doesn’t? Probably money, a celebrity restaurateur, a former location that is beloved (or Santería).