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2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grants Now Available

JBF Editors

JBF Editors

December 10, 2015


The James Beard Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant program. Women with a background in hospitality or the culinary arts are encouraged to apply for a chance to participate across fifteen six-month or seven twelve-month mentor/grantee programs with top industry leaders. The deadline to apply has been extended to February 8, 2016.

Mentorship programs are available with the following chefs and restaurateurs:

Launched in 2012, the WICL Grant was spearheaded by Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation, and Rohini Dey, JBF trustee and founder/owner of Indian-Latin Vermilion Restaurants in NYC and Chicago. The goal of the mentoring program for aspiring chefs and restaurateurs is to help build in-depth leadership and management skills in the kitchen and in restaurant management and entrepreneurship. It has grown consecutively over the last three years, and for the class of 2016 there are currently 22 positions available offered by 19 mentors. 

Visit our WICL page for more details. Read the official WICL Grant press release.