We're celebrating International Women's Day by sharing our favorite inspiring women in the culinary space. Join the conversation and tell us who inspires you!


"Julia Child definitely – because her show wasn't flawless, she made some mistakes, but always knew how to laugh through them or correct them. And I love these two quotes by her, 'Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.' and 'Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.' -Jessica Colyer, MyRecipes Production Assistant


"Michelle Obama. She has championed better school meals by setting new nutrition standards, she started the Let's Move campaign to help put an end to our childhood obesity epidemic, and she's cultivating partnerships with big businesses to cut back on salt, sugar, and fat in foods marketed to kids. Why can't she just run for president?" -Sidney Fry, Cooking Light MS RD

"Marji Guyler-Alaniz started FarmHer as a simple photo and story site to tell the world about ladies who were in the agriculture world and provide support, ideas, and encouragement. As it turns out, ladies are more involved in agriculture today than possibly ever before (as owners, farmers, workers, planners, mentors, and all sorts of roles). Today, three years after launching, FarmHer is an indispensable tool for women who are changing the way we grow, buy, and eat our food across the country. As a non-farmer myself, I'm inspired by all the amazing things these women are doing for themselves and for us. Click through the site and read about some amazing ladies. Go, girls!" -Kimberly Holland,

"A woman who continually inspires me is Christina Tosi. Now, I could give one heck of a rambling explanation to encompass every reason why this lady is basically my sugar-coated hero (I mean, one of my best friends and I threw an epic dinner party celebrating the release of her most recent book, Milk Bar Life), I'm not ashamed to say I am a Tosi fan girl. But for the sake of brevity, I'll keep this limited to: Christina Tosi forever inspires me A. because she is a boss and B. because she creates based on her innate sense of curiosity. As her friend and mentor David Chang phrased it in a 2012 article for The Guardian, 'Christina (has) an insatiable desire to learn. She just gets shit done.

Moral being: She just does the damn thing." -Darcy Lenz, Cooking Light Associate Editor

"Kristen Kish. She’s young, but man, she’s incredible. I’ve been a huge fan of Top Chef since season 1 and watching Kristen on season 10 was really what inspired me to start cooking. Really watching Kristen and Brooke Williamson, season 10 Runner-Up, make these gorgeous, creative dishes all season was incredibly inspiring. What I loved most about Kristen’s story, was her journey and perseverance through Last Chance Kitchen, Top Chef’s online show which airs online following the episode. Last Chance Kitchen gives the eliminated chefs a chance to compete against each other to get back into the final competition. Well, Kristen just absolutely dominated and did it with grace and such a positive attitude. She created these innovative dishes that are absolutely gorgeous. Now, I’ve never tasted any but according to Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and Padma Lakshmi, they tasted pretty dang good. " -Rebecca Longshore,

"I've been following Chef April Bloomfield's career since I moved to New York City in 2008 and was given a crash course in the NYC food scene by my new boss. Since then I've been a sort of silent fan-girl, eating at her restaurants both in New York and San Francisco. She turned Americans onto high-quality burgers in 2004, way before it was cool for a Michelin level chef to own a burger joint (ahem, gastropub). You won't find April judging some new reality show - you'll find her on PBS' The Mind of a Chef, where you'll watch awe-struck as she communicates with ingredients on a telepathic level, from the petal of an artichoke to the yolk of an egg. My husband and I usually argue about who will sit in the middle on our way to the West Coast, of course I almost always get the window. Guess who showed up and sat in the aisle seat a few years back and sat next to the hubby? Yup, April. I was basically hyperventilating the whole six hours, probably a good thing I won the window. I did work up the courage to speak with her after landing and she was gracious and gave me her card and invited me to come and see the yet-to-be-open at the time Tosca Cafe. While I have the utmost respect for many women in the industry for many different reasons, when it comes to who is cooking the best possible food with the best possible ingredients and doing it with humility and grace, there is only one person, man or women, and it is April Bloomfield, truly a chef's chef." -Anna Bullet, Cooking Light & MyRecipes Executive Chef, RD

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By Ashley Kappel and Ashley Kappel