Daniela Soto-Innes – chef-partner at modern Mexican restaurant Cosme in Manhattan – has been voted elitTM Vodka World’s Best Female Chef 2019 ahead of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in Singapore on 25 June. The Best Female Chef series, now in its ninth year, has celebrated 21 women across 15 countries and continues to encourage debate around gender issues in the food world. The award is voted for by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ global panel which includes over 500 female chefs, food experts and writers, who comprise 50% of the total voting Academy.
William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “It’s a genuine pleasure to announce Daniela Soto-Innes as this year’s elitTM Vodka World’s Best Female Chef. Daniela brings an unparalleled positive energy to her projects and has created a team that celebrates women of all ages. At Cosme she has combined innovative Mexican dishes with warm hospitality, leading a dynamic team to great success and popularity in the fiercely competitive New York dining scene. She is an immense talent who thoroughly deserves this accolade.”
Accepting the accolade, Soto-Innes said: “I’m grateful to receive this award as it gives me the platform to inspire both my generation and younger generations of leaders to come. My main passion doesn’t come from cooking alone, but through making teams and allowing everyone around me to excel and reach their full potential by learning their unique way of expressing themselves.”
Soto-Innes will formally receive her prize at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards ceremony at the Sands Theatre within the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on 25 June. This star-studded evening will see the unveiling of the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, during a glamourous red-carpet reception and post-awards celebration party.