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Across Houston, women-led kitchens are serving some of the most exciting food the city has to offer. Among the top names is former Sparrow Bar & Cookshop chef-owner Monica Pope — dubbed the “Alice Waters of the Third Coast” — who was one of the first to bring the farm-to-table movement to Space City and whose menu will be featured at the upcoming Telegram Tea Room later this year. Then there’s Christine Ha of Xin Chao, whose Vietnamese cuisine with Texas flair is winning raves. We can’t forget Niki Vongthong either, whose innovative creations keep Hidden Omakase a top draw for sushi enthusiasts. Or Kaitlin Steets, whose steady hand and talent earned her the role of head chef at Theodore Rex earlier this year. And of course, there’s Evelyn Garcia of Kin, who’s doing H-Town proud on the current season of “Top Chef.”

These are just a few of the amazing women who are helping to power the restaurant industry here in town — and you can find 10 more on this month’s Hit List, which celebrates the many Women of Food in Houston.