Despite not being classically trained as a chef, her work experience in Italy is remarkable. Dubbed as the culinary powerhouse and the Giada Di Laurentiis of the Philippines, Margarita "Gaita" Fores is a world-class restaurateur and food enthusiast. Born to a wealthy, and well-known family, Chef Gaita made a name for herself by getting into the restaurant industry and staying there for almost 28 years. This iron lady owns successful restaurants that are not unknown to the Filipino lifestyle. Cibo, Lusso, Grace Park, and Cafe Bola, all these are from the woman who is considered to be one of the most established in the Philippines' food industry, having cooked for high profile individuals such as the French Prime Minister.
Many years ago, a 16-year old waitress at IHOP believed that she would one day head a company. Little did she know, she'd later be the chief executive officer of the establishment she's waiting tables at. Ranked 49th in Forbes Magazine's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women of 2007, Julia Stewart is the first woman CEO of IHOP, is currently the chairman and CEO of DineEquity (which she led in creating last 2007) which is one of the world's largest full-service restaurant companies, and was able to acquire a $2.3 billlion deal with Applebee's, merging it with IHOP and creating a $7 billion system sales company. USA Today features her as one of the most powerful women in the restaurant world yet.