With the restaurant and hospitality market exploding in popularity, there are now over 132,000 chefs in the United States alone. Each year, Foodable Labs collects and scores data regarding guest sentiment, food and service, and overall brand sentiment on the top 35,000 via the Chef’s Alliance to determine the top 100 chefs in the country.
Chef Adrianne Calvo made the list this year. A restaurateur, author, and celebrity chef, Calvo established her first restaurant—Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar—in Miami in 2007. She also opened fine casual restaurant Cracked earlier this year. A former competitor in Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay, her dishes are regularly featured in Gourmet and Bon Appétit.
This year marks the largest number of women to make the top 100, and for Chef Adrianne, it is simply about time. “It’s a natural evolution. A lot more women are stepping up,” says Chef Adrianne. More women are choosing to delay having a family to focus on their careers, or simply have both and find a schedule that works.
All that matters, at the end of the day, is commitment. “You need to have stamina and you need to have heart and you need to have passion,” says Chef Adrianne. “Culinary students coming out are lacking their own vision and passion right now. They think that they can go from zero to one hundred.”
“You’re always going to be a line cook,” adds Chef Adrianne. “If you’re in front of a camera or have written 120 books, it doesn’t matter—you always have to be willing to jump on that line.”
Check out the video above to hear more from Chef Adrianne on the importance of time management and some of the challenges she has faced as a woman and as an operator. And to pre-order the free Top 100 Chefs report, fill out this quick form. If you are not on the list, make sure we are indexing you here!