Slovenia’s Ana Roš of Hiša Franko, Kobarid has been named The World’s Best Female Chef 2017
Come 5 April, the 44-year old will be presented with the honour at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony at the historic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, Australia.
“Ana Roš’s attention to detail and imagination distinguish her as a true leader in global gastronomy. Her passion for local ingredients, her investment in people and her commitment to elevating the culinary arts in her native Slovenia make her an inspirational role model,” says William Drew, group editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Former national ski champion Roš is a self-taught chef who originally studied to become a diplomat. Her journey into the culinary arts only began when she and her husband, Valter Kramer, took ownership of restaurant Hiša Franko from her father-in-law in 2000. The restaurant Hiša Franko is located in Slovenia’s Soča Valley and only three kilometres away from the Italian border. Together with Valter, who is a sommelier, Roš carries on the tradition of the family-run business—the former runs the cellars, while she serves up an intimate dining experience that echoes the warmth and and hospitality of privately-hosted meal.
Roš draws inspiration not only from the rich culinary history and produce of her native Slovenia, but also the cuisines of neighbouring countries like Italy, Hungary, Austria and Croatia. Her menu demonstrates the lush diversity and quality of the local produce, in addition to daring twists on traditional Slovenian dishes that have wowed gourmands all over the world .
For this humble chef, food and philanthropy go hand-in-hand. Roš has garnered media attention for her work mentoring the underprivileged in India and hosting cooking lessons for local children. She was also in the spotlight recently for her feature in the critically acclaimed Netflix series Chef’s Table.