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Famous Chef Eugénie Brazier: Why Google Is Honouring Her Today

Famous Chef Eugénie Brazier: Why Google Is Honouring Her Today

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In spite of her humble beginnings and the largely sexist context in which she lived -- Brazier flourished as a head chef, maintaining her humility, all the while.

Revered for her simple, fresh cooking, Eugénie Brazier, also known as "the mother of French cooking" would have been celebrating her birthday on the 12th June.

As a sign of respect, Google has transformed its logo in 11 countries to an illustration, or doodle, of her with a steamed kitchen Doodle.

Brazier's story:

Born in the Burgundian village of Bourg-en-Bresse in 1895 on a farm close to Lyon, Brazier was orphaned at the tender age of 10.

Raised by penniless peasants, Brazier started to work in the fields from an early age.

She went to school occasionally, though often identified herself as someone "ready for anything that might challenge" her.

After she turned 19, Brazier left for Lyon and got a domestic job before going to work in a restaurant -- for La Mere Fillioux, a celebrated proncial chef that employed just women.

By the time she had turned 26, the cook had opened her first ever restaurant that took it's inspiration from the simple menu at Mere Fillioux.

Over a short period of time, the restaurant turned into a culinary destination, which gained appeal from French presidents and prime ministers, in addition to celebrities.

The legacy Brazier left for women

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It seems as though, for decades, high-end kitchen's have primarily been an all-male domain. The situation has not changed extensively, and this is still, in the 21st century. Back in mid-20th century France, women would even more scarcely attain the status of Head Chef, particularly in a mixed kitchen. Brazier's life, however, formed a benchmark.

In 1928, Brazier opened Le Col de la Luere, and fer simplicity focus resulted in Michelin Guides, the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide, something that gave her restaurant the three-start ranking as early as 1935.

It was the first time ever that a woman would gain recognition for having the most stars at once.

Given her incredible humility -- it seems only right that Google brings acknowledgement to her legacy.

When she had gotten her 3 stars, she was a mere 38-years-old. Even so, Brazier never saw herself as a celebrity chef "I have met and conversed with many intellectuals, ... and I have always been mindful of who I am," she wrote. 

The obituary in the New York Times said that she is remembered for turning awau a French Legion of Honor citation, since she felt that "it should be given out for doing more important things than cooking, and doing the job as you're supposed to".

Not only did Brazier illustrate that, no matter what your sex, hard work and dedication will reap the status and recognition you deserve; but her impoverished start in life provided a perfect example of how humble beginnings will not dictate how far you go in life.

Success, is not dictated by what comes before you, but by the actions you take today and the actions that have yet to come. 

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