Pía León has secured the 2021 World’s Best Female chef Award in recognition of her culinary excellence.

León opened her restaurant Kjolle in Lima, Peru, three years ago, with the acclaimed venue showcasing indigenous Peruvian ingredients.

Along with Kjolle, León is the co-owner of Central, which has been named The Best Restaurant in Latin America three times.

León says the award is a sign of good things to come.

“The most positive thing that came out of such exceptional and difficult times is that I have been able to continue working with a team of people who are first-class human beings,” says the chef. “They will see this award, as I do, as a great indication that we are on the right track for the future.”

Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants William Drew has called the chef a “game-changer” in the culinary industry.

“It is an honour to name Pía León as The World’s Best Female Chef 2021,” adds Drew. “Her dedication to gender parity in her kitchen and her passion for using the indigenous ingredients of her country have set a benchmark for others.

“We don’t doubt that Pía’s work will be game-changing for the future of gastronomy and will contribute to helping more women succeed in some of the world’s best kitchens.”

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