1993 was a big year for Annie Féolde. Her restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri, which she owned and ran with her sommelier husband Giorgio Pinchiorri, was awarded three Michelin stars. As head chef, this made her the third woman in the world to achieve this status, and the first outside of France.
Annie still holds those three stars today, cementing her position as one the greatest chefs of her generation, and now she is coming to Lancashire for the first time to cook her signature Tuscan dishes here in the UK. Nigel Haworth, the organiser of Northcote’s Obsession, has invited her along with fourteen other chefs to serve a bespoke, one-off menu. ‘I hadn’t heard of Obsession before I was invited to take part, but I was instantly curious about it,’ says Annie. ‘I’m always happy to discover new things.’
Born in Nice, France to a family of hoteliers, Annie was at first against the idea of becoming a chef after seeing for herself how many sacrifices you have to make. Instead, she followed her passion for languages, visiting London to work as a nanny, Paris to work in the postal service and then Florence, where she met her husband-to-be Giorgio, a keen wine collector and master sommelier. She started cooking little bites to eat that went with the wine, and then together they opened Enoteca Pinchiorri, winning a first Michelin star in 1981, the second in 1982, and the third in 1993.