Catherine de Medici-may or may not have taught the French to eat with a fork, but definitely brought her chef's to the French court and influenced cuisine as we know it.
La Mere Brazier-Eugenie Brazier was such a formidable presence in Lyon that she haunts Paul Bocuse's dreams. And the first woman to be awarded 3 Michelin Stars and the first chef to hold six (between two restaurants).
MFK Fisher-I find her writing about food to be not only sensual but sensible. Which is how food speaks to me.
Edna Lewis-At the forefront of recapturing the flavors of the dwindling southern culinary tradition, she was not only a woman making her way in a male dominated culture, but an African-American award winning author as well.
Amanda Cohen-Chef at the renowned, and award winning vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy. She creates food that excites without compromising any of her values. Extraordinary!
Who are your influencers?