One of the best female chefs in the world, and the top female chef in Italy, Nadia Santini has held three Michelin stars at her restaurant since 1996.

Born in Vicenza, Italy, Santini married Antonio Santini in 1974. His family owned Dal Pescatore and after honeymooning in France and sampling some of the world’s best cuisine, they returned ready to make some changes to the family eatery. Nadia began cooking, learning from Antonio’s mother and grandmother.

Combining the traditional Italian style with the French cuisine she had experienced, Nadia’s dishes began gaining attention. In the 1980s, renowned chefs began to visit, and Relais & Chateaux added the restaurant to its collection in 1992. Michelin followed suit.