Women in food is a constantly discussed topic in certain circles, but like in other industries before it, women are taking over and the conversation is moving from niche to mainstream.

Indeed, all over New York City female chefs, sommeliers and butchers are taking lead roles in kitchens and food establishments, and are experiencing greater gender equality firsthand. The "boy's club" is disappearing.

There are a number of female celebrity chefs working in NYC that we know and love, from Alex Guarnaschelli to Amanda Freitag. Then there are the chefs/owners who have made a name for themselves with their restaurants, including Anita Lo (Annisa) and Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune.) We wanted to shine a light on up and comers in New York City kitchens who are plying their trade everyday, some on the line and some pouring wine.

These rising stars are worth getting to know.