10 rising female chefs you should know

From pastry powerhouse to vegetable virtuoso, these 10 women are approaching the top of the culinary world.

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Tova du Plessis, Essen Bakery, Philadelphia

South Africa-born Tova du Plessis was planning to become a doctor. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Houston before changing paths and heading to the Culinary Institute of America. Another Solomonov protégé – she was a line cook at Zahav and sous chef at Citron + Rose – the 31-year-old opened her own Essen Bakery in Philadelphia last year and was a semifinalist for the James Bead Outstanding Baker award.

Her recipes are inspired by those baked by her mother – honey cake, rugelach and other traditional Israeli cakes and confections. Don’t miss her creative babkas, one with halvah, others with almonds, pecans or chocolate.

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