Iconic Malaysian rainforest resort The Datai Langkwai has unveiled an all-woman line-up of visiting chefs for its annual chef series. Iconic Malaysian rainforest resort The Datai Langkwai has unveiled an all-woman line-up of visiting chefs for its annual chef series.

Iconic Malaysian rainforest resort The Datai Langkwai has unveiled an all-woman line-up of visiting chefs for its annual chef series.

In its quest for the exceptional and the peerless, and by curating an all-female line-up, this year’s Chef-fe Series (from the French term for female chefs) aims to spotlight the growing representation of female chefs in an industry traditionally dominated by men.

With chefs representing restaurants with nine Michelin stars between them, this year’s edition of the resort’s chef series reflects the phenomenal calibre of talent visiting The Datai Langkawi to host exclusive dining events for the resort’s guests. Spanning cuisines from across Asia to Europe, the diverse philosophies and singular culinary styles being presented are united by a dedication to the highest quality, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Each chef will create a bespoke menu guided by the produce of Langkawi and the organic ingredients cultivated in the resort’s zero-waste Permaculture Garden.

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The latest names featured in The Chef-fe Series 2024-2025 Florence Dalia of 16 by Flo in Taipei (7-8 June); and Cristina Bowerman of Rome’s one Michelin-starred Glass Hostaria (2-4 August).

Hailing from the vast vineyards of Burgundy, Dalia’s journey in Asia led her to the bustling kitchens of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei’s most famous establishments, where she honed her art. While helming La Table de Robuchon in Taipei until 2023, during which time the restaurant gained two Michelin stars, and at 16 by Flo weaves her story, a heartfelt narrative intertwining her deep love for her homeland, vivid memories of her Asian adventures and culinary techniques acquired in the heart of vibrant cities. Each dish on the menu is a chapter of her story, inviting guests to gather around a wooden table, disconnect from their daily lives, and rediscover the joy of sharing exquisite cuisine while reconnecting with others.

Iconic Malaysian rainforest resort The Datai Langkwai has unveiled an all-woman line-up of visiting chefs for its annual chef series.

Florence Dalia of 16 by Flo in Taipei

Cristina Bowerman was born in Cerignola, a small town in Puglia, Italy, and after pursuing legal studies in San Francisco, her culinary interest flourished years later in Austin, where she earned a degree in Culinary Arts, honing her skills and focusing on flavour concentration. In 2005, she moved to Rome and, after an initial experience at Convivio Troiani, joined Glass Hostaria, a contemporary and innovative space, both in philosophy and gastronomic offerings. Her cooking is a cultural crossroad that tells the story of taste through a constant dialogue between traditions, cultures, memories, and places.

In October, the resort welcomes Angela Hartnett (11-13 October) of one-starred Murano in London; Lisa Goodwin-Allen (11-13 October) of one-starred Northcote in Lancashire; and Nieves Barragán Mohacho (11-13 October) of London’s one-starred Sabor.

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Angela Hartnett, OBE, is one of the UK’s most loved chefs and restaurateurs, known for her sophisticated yet simple, Italy-inspired cooking. Born in the UK, her passion for good, honest food and the best ingredients was instilled in her by her Italian grandmother and mother.

Iconic Malaysian rainforest resort The Datai Langkwai has unveiled an all-woman line-up of visiting chefs for its annual chef series.

Lisa Goodwin-Allen of Northcote

After starting in the kitchens at Aubergine, Zafferano, L’Oranger and Petrus, Hartnett became head chef at the latter within seven short months, helping the restaurant to achieve a Michelin star. She went on to launch many other restaurants in the UK and overseas and, in 2007, was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to the hospitality industry. The following year, she opened her own restaurant, Murano in Mayfair, where she is a chef proprietor. Serving modern, seasonal food with an Italian accent, Muranois one of the few restaurants to hold both a Michelin star and four AA Rosettes.

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Lisa Goodwin-Allen is one of the most innovative and exciting chefs in the UK today. She has been executive chef at one-Michelin-starred Northcote since October 2017, when she took over the reins at the age of 23. Goodwin-Allen’s impressive culinary skills have landed her multiple TV appearances: she is a regular guest on James Martin’s Saturday Morning and has judged and mentored on both MasterChef: The Professionals and Celebrity MasterChef but is perhaps best known as one of the veteran judges on BBC1’s Great British Menu. Northcote’s ethos of using local suppliers is close to Lisa’s heart. Goodwin-Allen believes there are many unsung heroes and new generations developing new products that she likes to discover and work with.

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Ana Roš of Slovenia’s three-starred Hiša Franko

Barragán Mohachogrew up in Bilbao in Spain’s Basque region, learning about local produce and cuisine from an early age. In 1998, she came to London and began work at Simply Nico. In 2003, she joined Sam and Eddie Hart as sous chef at Fino, and in 2007, became the group’s executive chef ahead of the launch of the first Barrafina restaurant on London’s Frith Street. As executive chef for both Fino and Barrafina for 10 years, Barragán Mohacho oversaw the launch of two more Barrafina restaurants (Covent Garden and Adelaide Street) and in 2014 Barrafina Frith Street was awarded a Michelin star. In February 2018, Barragán Mohacho opened Sabor on Heddon Street in London with Jose Etura, and in 2018, the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star, just eight months after opening – a star they have retained to this day.

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The Chef Series concludes in January with Ana Roš of Slovenia’s three-starred Hiša Franko. A sport and travel enthusiast, polyglot, and international and diplomatic relations graduate from the University of Trieste in Italy, Roš is one of only eight female chefs whose restaurants have been awarded three Michelin stars and was named The World’s ‘Best Female Chef’ in 2017 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Rošis a self-taught cook, and with her cuisine, she expresses the seasons, the terroir, her character, travels, and femininity.

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