Ana Roš has officially been crowned as The World’s Best Female Chef 2017. Alongside sommelier husband Valter, Roš showcases her craft in Hiša Franko located in Kobarid, Slovenia. The honour will be presented at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony on 5 April 2017 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.
Influenced by the fine cuisines of the neighbouring countries of Slovenia, the self-taught chef is known for serving traditional dishes with a twist in her restaurant located in the beautiful Soča Valley. The fresh produce sourced locally enables Roš to develop a seasonal menu that showcases the splendid flavours of local ingredients while exposing the traditions of her native cuisine to gourmets.
Slovenian cuisine is heavily influenced by the cuisines of neighbouring countries such as Italy, Hungary, Austria and Croatia, resulting in it being a diverse cuisine. The basis for Slovenian cuisine are usually meat, fish, cereal, vegetable and beans.
Outside of running her own kitchen, Roš, who is also a former national ski champion, has a knack for philanthropy. This can be seen from her various charitable acts such as teaching recovering addicts culinary skills, as well as travelling all the way to India to mentor underprivileged girls.
The World’s Best Female Chef award is voted by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, which is made up of international restaurant industry experts and gourmets from 26 different regions around the world, each region consisting of 40 members, including its respective chairperson. Past winners include Dominique Crenn, Hélène Darroze and Helene Rizzo.