12 rising female chefs you should know

From pastry powerhouse to vegetable virtuoso, these women are approaching the top of the culinary world.

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Camille Cogswell, Zahav, Philadelphia

Before she was a James Beard Rising Star Chef nominee, 29-year-old Camille Cogswell got her start at a Bruegger’s Bagels in Asheville, N.C. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, she worked in New York City before landing in Philadelphia, where she concocts Israeli desserts with her own modern flair at Michael Solomonov’s Zahav. In July 2018, she led the opening of K'Far, an all-day Israeli cafe and bakery by the team behind Zahav.

Though Zahav (and now K'far) is known for fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Cogswell says her guilty pleasure foods are “anything super processed.” At Zahav, don’t miss her Konafi – she favors the pastry cream filling of this traditional Israeli dessert with labneh yogurt and sachleb (ground orchid root) and serves it with orange sherbet.

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