Daniela Soto-Innes is the youngest winner of the World’s Best Female Chef title, awarded by The World’s Best 50 restaurants, at age 28.
After opening modern Mexican concept Cosme in New York City with chef Enrique Olvera in 2014, Soto-Innes, chef de cuisine, was named “rising star chef of the year” by the James Beard Foundation in 2016.
Together with Olvera, the young chef, a Mexico City native who grew up in Houston, Texas, opened Atla, a more casual, all-day Mexican eatery in the same city, in 2017.
The title of “World’s Best Female Chef” is not without its controversy, with critics questioning the need for a gender-specific award.
Dominique Crenn, who was awarded the title in 2016, only accepted the honor as a platform to vocalize the need for gender equality in the restaurant industry.
Soto-Innes will receive the award during The World’s 50 Best Restaurants annual ceremony taking place in Singapore in June this year.