Nadia Santini, matriarch and head chef at Dal Pescatore in Mantova, Italy, has been named the 2013 Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef, part of the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.
Marrying into a restaurant family, Nadia had never cooked professionally prior to walking into Dal Pescatore’s kitchen in 1974 when she began her training with her new husband’s grandmother Teresa. 22 years later, she was the first Italian woman to be awarded three Michelin stars. Today she works at the restaurant with her husband Antonio, who manages the restaurant’s front of house team, as well as their sons Alberto and Giovanni.
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