The kitchen is a space in which not only history, customs and different techniques are manifested. It is also a place that has allowed the transformation and discussion of various inequalities that have their origin in the arbitrary obligation that gender roles have given to women, assuming them as the ones in charge of nourishing and feeding the members of the family and society in general.

At the recent 22nd edition of the Madrid Fusión fair, it became clear that the idea that cooking is only for men is no longer valid. The “you! in the kitchen” epitome of the machismo of yesteryear, takes on a new meaning in the face of the great prominence of women in high quality Spanish gastronomy.

However, female chefs are paid 28.3% less than their male counterparts and must work much harder than their male counterparts to prove their worth in the kitchen.

We have three great female chefs with more than one Michelin star:


  • Carme Ruscalleda, 7 Michelin stars, divided between her three restaurants: Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar, Moments in Barcelona and Sant Pau in Tokyo.
  • Elena Arzak, director of the Gipuzkoa restaurant Arzak, maintains the 3 stars achieved by her father, and has other awards:

Chef de l’Avenir Award from the International Academy of Gastronomy.

National Gastronomy Award for his work at the Arzak restaurant.

Veuve Clicquot Award for the Best Chef in the World and the Augie Award.

  • Fina Puigdevall, two Michelin stars for Les Cols de Olot.


In addition, there are more than 15 Spanish restaurants with a Michelin star that are run by a woman:

  • Susi Díaz, chef at La Finca restaurant (Elche)o Macarena de Castro, owner of Maca de Castro (Mallorca)
  • Carolina Sánchez, one of the halves of the restaurant Íkaro (Logroño)
  • Esther Manzano, in the establishments of the Marcial Group (Casa Marcial, La Salgar -Arriondas-, La Salgar -Gijón-, La Gloria – Gijón and Oviedo-)
  • María José Meda, in charge of La Hospedería El Batán is located in Tramacastilla, a village in the Sierra de Albarracín, in Teruel.
  • Fernanda Fuentes and her husband Andrea Bernardi are the chefs and owners of the restaurant Nub, in San Cristóbal de la Laguna (Tenerife).
  • Marisa Barberán, chef at La Prensa ( Zaragoza)
  • Cristina Figueiras, chef at Alicante restaurant El Xato.
  • Begoña Rodrigo, owner and head chef of La Salita (in Valencia).
  • María Gómez at the helm of her restaurant, Magoga (Cartagena, Murcia).
  • Zuriñe García, alma mater of the restaurant Andra Mari (in Galdakao, Vizcaya).
  • Pilar Idoate, at the head of the restaurant Europa (Pamplona).
  • Elena Lucas, the proud third generation at the helm of La Lobita restaurant (Navaleno, Soria).
  • Zaraida Cotonat, in front of the Fogoni restaurant (Sort, Lérida).
  • Yolanda León in her open kitchen at Cocinandos, in León.
  • Lucía Freitas, A Tafona restaurant, Santiago de Compostela.
  • María José San Román, chef at the Monastrell restaurant (Alicante).

In addition to her work as a chef, San Román leads the Mujeres En Gastronomía (MEG) movement, a recently created platform whose aim is to promote the visibility of women in the gastronomy sector.