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November 2021

Winner of the Ayala SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year Award announced

Last night, the winner of this year’s AYALA SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year award was announced. This prestigious prize was awarded to the highly deserving chef, Sally Abé.  2021 winner Sally Abé follows in the footsteps of past winners Angela Hartnett in 2018 and Skye Gyngell in 2019. After hanging up her Head Chef hat at The Harwood Arms (with a Michelin star already to her name), Abé took up the role of consultant chef for the Conrad St James, operating four F&B outlets within the hotel. The latest addition is The Pem, which takes its name from suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, whose family affectionately gave her the pet name ‘Pem’.

Caroline Latrive with Sally Abé

This major industry award was first launched in 2018 to celebrate the huge contribution female chefs are making to the UK restaurant industry. The Female Chef of the Year award aims to shine a spotlight on those women whose achievements are proving an inspiration to everyone involved in this vibrant sector.

In Champagne, only 5% of the Chefs de Caves are women and Caroline Latrive, Cellar Master at Champagne AYALA, is one of them. Commenting on the Awards, Caroline said: “We are so proud to be part of the AYALA SquareMeal Female Chef of the Year Award. We want to shine a light on the outstanding work female chefs are doing both in their kitchens and in the community at large. We are delighted to congratulate Sally Abé for winning the Award this year, not just for her superb work at The Harwood Arms and now The Pem, but also for her charity work, support for the NHS and her commitment to creating a female-led team”.

Abé was presented with her award at a Champagne reception, held for all shortlisted chefs, at Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden. There, they served Champagne Ayala Le Blanc de Blancs 2014 en magnum. The full shortlist of chefs can be found here. Congratulations to all of the incredibly talented chefs who took part.

The 2021 shortlisted chefs

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