Mariya Russel is a Chicago based Chef and recently she won the most prestigious award Michelin Star, and writes history, as being the first African-American woman to achieve this honor.
Receiving a Michelin star is one of the most established achievements that a restaurant and chef can get. This year, Chicago based Japanese restaurant „Kikko and Kumiko” were among those recognized.
Russel fell in love with cooking while she was still very young. She began by making meals for herself and eventually started to spoil her own family with her own made meals. After high school, she visited the Cooking and Hospitality Institute in Chicago and afterward, she worked in several restaurants.
Russel’s hard-working ethic soon catch up the attention of the owners of Kikko and Kumiko. In her new role, she was serving up dishes that were both bold and sophisticated. This made her stand out, and get the attention of renowned magazines, such as „Bon Appetite“ and „Food & Wine“.