Chef Ana Roš, of the Hiša Franko restaurant in the western Slovenian town of Kobarid, is the World's Best Female Chef, as declared by the World's 50 Best Restaurants culinary portal. As a queen of innovative world cuisine, Ana’s cooking is based on local, seasonal, Slovenian food. Her approach to cooking is almost scientific, as she allows the ingredients to be fully expressed in her dishes and to retain their authentic flavours. She swears by the philosophy “from the garden to the plate”, and whatever she doesn’t grow in her own herb and vegetable garden, she gets from her wide network of local suppliers.
“The award came as a surprise to me. It is a big responsibility to accept this award, especially as a self-taught cook, but the recognition provides an opportunity for people to reassess Slovenia as an interesting gastronomic destination,” commented Ana Roš, when receiving the happy news about the award. Hiša Franko is her cookery playground, and it has become a pilgrimage site for Americans, Brits and others who got to know Ana during the well-known TV series, Chef's Table, about the top chefs of the world.
William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants said, “Ana Roš is a very worthy recipient of this year’s World’s Best Female Chef honour. Her precision, attention to detail and imagination distinguish her as a true leader in global gastronomy. Her passion for local ingredients, her investment in people, and her commitment to elevating the culinary arts in her native Slovenia make her an inspirational role model.”
Ana Roš will receive her award at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony at the historical Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, Australia on 5th April 2017.