Chef Garima Becomes First Woman To Win A Michelin Star

What is a Michelin Star?

Michelin stars are a rating system used by the red Michelin Guide to grade restaurants on their quality. Back in 1900, the guide was used to help French drivers find the local amenities like restaurants and petrol pumps. So, one star would mean that it was “ a very good restaurants”, 2 stars would mean it was “worth a detour” and 3 stars meant it was “worth a special journey”.
This has now become a tradition and the list is updated once a year.

Vineet Bhatia was the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star. This was back in 2001. Since then 7 indian chefs have bagged these stars and all of them have been men.

And it’s all over the news now, Chef Garima Arora became the first Indian woman to win a Michelin star. She won the star for her restaurant in Bangkok, called ‘Gaa’, that opened in May 2017. Gah brings together Indian cuisine with Thai cuisine into an artistic blend.

Interesting Fact: After studying to become a journalist, Arora had a change of heart and she decided to switch careers and moved to Paris to study cooking.

It’s a great time to be alive to be able to see Women achieving the heights that they were born to achieve. Chef Garima Arora will become an inspiration to many as Kylie Kwong was to Arora. 

We all need role models to guide us towards the decisions we’re too scared to make.

Arora says, “I think it’s for every young woman, no matter what industry or what career they choose. Never apologise for the choices you make in life. Stand by them and always be confident.”

WRITTEN BY  - Shubhroja Sen



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