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2017 Women in Culinary Leadership Applications Now Available

JBF Editors

February 07, 2017


The James Beard Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2017 Women in Culinary Leadership program. Women with a background in hospitality or the culinary arts and at least two years of relevant work experience are encouraged to apply for a chance to participate in an eight-month mentor program with top industry leaders. 

The deadline to apply has ended. Candidates will be expected to start their intern program by July 15. Candidates may apply for the following 2017 chef/back-of-house or hospitality/front-of-house programs:

Launched in 2012, the WCL program 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 this intern mentorship program is to help aspiring chefs and restaurateurs build in-depth leadership and management skills either in the kitchen, or in restaurant management and hospitality. WCL has grown consecutively over the last four years, and for the class of 2017 there are 20 positions offered by 19 mentors.

Visit our WCL page for more details. Read the official WCL program press release.

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