The Michelin Female Chef Award 2020 by Veuve Clicquot has been assigned this year to the chef and manager Marianna Vitale, of the SUD restaurant at Quarto, in the province of Naples. The prize was created in 2017 to support the most innovative women chefs, entrepreneurs and cuisine protagonists, as strongly urged by Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, who took the reins of the Maison at the young age of 27, becoming one of the first female entrepreneurs of the modern era.
There are multiple reasons behind the choice: the quality of the food offered at SUD, but also the courageous choices such as having opened in a different territory like that of Quarto. Born in 1980, after taking a degree Vitale understood that she wanted to devote her talents to cuisine. In 2009 she founded SUD, which received a Michelin star after just three years of activity. In 2012 and now in 2020 she won the prestigious Michelin Female Chef Prize by Veuve Clicquot.
Even today, the world of chefs is predominantly run by men, and the same is true of all the managerial positions in the sector, while the humbler roles (waitressing, cooking, washing) are mostly filled by women (data from FIPE - Federazione Italiana Pubblici Esercizi / Annual Report 2019).
Creative and courageous personalities like Marianna Vitale, as well as the other winners of previous editions of the Michelin Female Chef Award, and the chefs belonging to the network Atelier des Grandes Dames, represent an important signal of change in progress. They prove that alongside the will power of women of great determination, companies like Veuve Clicquot are working to raise awareness in the world regarding more balanced, conscious choices. Moving towards a system where women can be protagonists on a par with men, free to pursue their interests in activities at which they excel.