JBF and Vermilion Scholarship Dinner Coming to Chicago

Support the James Beard Foundation Vermilion Women in Culinary Leadership Scholarship


Our friends and partners at the Chicago location of Vermilion and the Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet festival are hosting a dinner that supports one of our most important financial awards: the James Beard Foundation Vermilion Women in Culinary Leadership Scholarship. Open to the public, the September 25 event is tapping female chefs from the Chicago area—Carrie Nahabedian, Ina Pinkney, JBF Award winner Mindy Segal, and Vermilion's own Rohini Dey, specifically—to prepare a not-to-be-missed multi-course dinner paired with fine wines and cocktails, courtesy of master mixologists Debbi Peek and Bridget Albert and sommelier Wanda Cole. Michelin-starred Latvian chef Svetlana Rišcova will also be in attendance. Tickets can be purchased by... Read more >

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Reel Food: Women in Culinary Leadership Cookoff

Our friends at AVSTelevision put together a video of last week's Women in Culinary Leadership Cookoff at Vermilion. Check it out below:


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The Women in Culinary Leadership Cookoff

Judges Aarón Sánchez and Rohini Dey evaluate a competitor's dish


Last week we headed up to Vermilion restaurant to judge the Women in Culinary Leadership Cookoff. Part of the Women in Culinary Leadership Program, which was launched by JBF and Vermilion restaurateur Rohini Dey last year, the competition was created to identify driven and aspiring female cooks and to help them develop leadership and culinary skills. Entrants had to submit a resume, essay, and recipe for one contemporary Indian–Latin dish. Eight finalists executed their recipes in the cookoff, which was judged by Ms. Dey, JBF president Susan Ungaro, chef Aáron Sanchez, and Dorothy Cann Hamilton of the French Culinary Institute.

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JBF Kitchen Cam