A graduate from the Culinary Institute of America, an executive chef for Bon Appetit magazine, and the first female Iron Chef, no doubt Chef Cat Cora is one of the most remarkable women in the food industry.
After working with Lidia Bastianich, Chef Burrell became an instructor at the Culinary Institute of America up until 2007. Starting her career in some of New York's top restaurants, she earned her way up, becoming a leading executive chef.
This Filipino-American chef started in a Chicago hotel and worked her way to success. Selected by Laura Bush, Chef Comerford is the first female that was appointed as the White House Executive Chef. She continues to cook for the Obama family today.
Alice Waters is famous for creating Californian cuisine. In 1971, she opened her restaurant, Chez Panisse and made a statement for herself by offering a set five course, fixed price menu which consists of all fresh and locally produced ingredients.
She tried to enlist in the US Navy, but was turned down because she was too tall (she's 6'2). Her love for French cuisine came after attending Le Cordon Bleu. She is known as the one who brought real French cuisine to American households. She is also the first woman inducted into the Culinary Institute of America Hall of Fame.
The mother of Master Chef's Joe Bastianich, Lidia, along with her kids, own several Italian restaurants around the United States. By the age of 25, she already has two kids, and before her second child was born, the Bastianich family opened Buonovia which turned out to be very successful and led to a second restaurant, Villa Secondo, where Lidia gained the attention of food critics.