Breaking Boundaries

In March, the world celebrates Women’s Day. When it comes to gender equality, Iceland has a long history of breaking boundaries. From the world’s first female elected head of state, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, to the 1975 women’s general strike, which continues to inspire the world.


The Icelandic Culinary Team actively works towards gender equality in what tends to be a predominantly male profession. For a few years, the First Lady of Iceland, Mrs. Eliza Reid, has been its protector. She is known for her tireless battle for equality and women’s rights.  


The multi-awarded and increasingly successful Culinary Team consists of experienced professionals, fully able to compete with the world’s most skilled chefs. The team consists of both women and men – modern Icelanders with various backgrounds and experiences. It is a leading force in strengthening culinary professionalism and strives to increase interest among the younger generations.


At the age of 30, Snædís Xyza Mae Jónsdóttir is one of Iceland’s leading chefs and a vital member of the National Culinary Team. Having started as its assistant a long time ago, she is now on her second season as a National Team member, applauded for her talent, skill, and resilience. Snædís studied to become a chef at the Radisson Hotel Saga, one of Iceland’s most prestigious hotels, and currently works at its Mímir Restaurant. 


Last but not least, the Culinary Team’s role is to honor Iceland’s traditional local ingredients and combine them with global trends. Thanks to its clean nature, pure water, and geothermal energy, Icelanders have access to a variety of fresh produce all year round. That includes pure-bred free-range lamb. Grazing on berries and herbs in the highlands, it acquires an exceptional flavor and texture, making it the natural choice of the culinary team – and a significant factor in their international success.