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The Resy Guide To The Women-Owned Restaurants of Sydney

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Bloodwood founder Claire Van Vuuren originally wanted to be an artist. As her story goes, she spent four years at art school, working at bars and cafes to support herself — and promptly fell in love with the industry. “I just loved the fast pace and being part of a team, and I’ve never really looked back,” she said in 2019.

According to groundbreaking nonprofit Parabere Forum, a scant 18% of head chef jobs worldwide are held by women. Van Vuuren is among their number, and one of a number of prominent chefs, founders and — crucially — restaurant owners responsible for shifting perceptions of women in restaurants in Sydney’s dining scene.

“The role of females in the industry is ever-changing and people are taking notice of that,” she says, “so there’s more room for talented women to shine and get recognised for their achievements. Although there is still a lot of catching up to do.”

These restaurants are among Sydney’s best and continue to shape the city’s dining landscape. They also happen to be owned by women.

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