Letter from the President: The Female Factor

 

Now that the 2013 James Beard Awards are a wrap, it's time for me to hit the road. Next week I'm heading to Chicago for the National Restaurant Association Show, where I will join restaurateur Rohini Dey, chef Mary Sue Milken, chef Lorena Garcia, and moderator/Chicago Sun-Times' Splash editor Susanna Negovan for a panel called "Secrets of Success From Top Women in Food" on Tuesday. I'm so excited to discuss my experiences in this industry, and to also share some news about what our Foundation is doing to help women move up in the culinary world.

 

James Beard was well known as a supporter and friend of influential women chefs, cookbook authors, and food personalities including Julia Child, M. F. K. Fisher, and Alice Waters. He relished the fact that women were carving a distinct place for themselves in professional kitchens around the country. In the decades since his passing, we’ve seen the rise of many female culinary... 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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