Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

THE HOTTEST WOMEN IN THE KITCHEN; Connaught Bound: Helene Darroze

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

THE HOTTEST WOMEN IN THE KITCHEN; Connaught Bound: Helene Darroze

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Byline: LUCY CAVENDISH

ANGELA HARTNETT, 39

Where she cooks: From next month at the Gordon Ramsay-owned Murano, afine-dining Italian in Mayfair, followed by his first boutique hotel, the Yorkand Albany in Camden Town. Head chef at his Florida outpost, Cielo.

What she cooks: Unsurprisingly, given her Italian roots (she has published anItalian cookery book, Cucina), Hartnett names spaghetti Bolognese as herfavourite dish.

Signature dish: Tiramisu, made to an old recipe from her aunt Maria.

Pedigree Awarded her first Michelin star in 2004 while head chef at theConnaught hotel.

Awarded an MBE in 2006.

How Hot 5/5: Insiders believe she will be the first British chef to earn fourMichelin stars.

JULIET PESTON, 46

Where she cooks: Executive chef at Alastair Little in Sohoarguably the birthplace of modern British cuisine.

What she cooks: Honest, robust food such as sourdoughs, spicy breads and potatocakes.

Signature dish: Spinach soup with dal and a rava dosa.

Pedigree: Peston helped Little launch the Modern British Cooking phenomenon inthe mid-Eighties. She moved on to Lola's in Islington, The Cow in Notting Hilland the Coach and Horses, Clerkenwell, before returning to the AL empire.

How hot 3/5: Many, including Little, believe Peston has never received therecognition she deserves. Her moment is yet to come.

THOMASINA MIERS, 31 Where she cooks: At her modern Mexican restaurant, Wahaca,in Covent Garden.

What she cooks: Mexican street food with a British twist. Miers sourcesingredients locally rather than flying them from Mexico.

Signature dish: Fried king prawns with garlic and chilli or tacos with shreddedpork and black beans.

Pedigree: Since winning BBC MasterChef competition in, she has opened arestaurant, written a cookery book and starred in a Channel cookery series.

How hot 3/5: What she lacks in classical training, Miers makes up for inenthusiasm and self-belief. With the success of Wahaca and some TV fame, she isgoing places.

HELENE DARROZE, 40

Where she cooks: Currently cooking in her eponymous Parisian restaurant,Darroze will succeed Angela Hartnett at the Connaught. …

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