Women in Culinary Leadership Cookoff

Women in Culinary Leadership Cookoff

As part of the James Beard Foundation Vermilion Women in Culinary Leadership Program, the Women in Culinary Leadership Cookoff was created to identify ambitious female chefs and restaurateurs and help them develop their leadership and culinary skills. Entrants had to submit a resume, essay, and recipe for one contemporary Indian–Latin dish. Eight finalists participated in the Cookoff at Vermilion restaurant on February 26, 2013. 

At the end of the two-hour competition, Eliza Martin was named the winner. She received a $500/week grant, along with a one-year apprenticeship at Vermilion’s locations in New York City and Chicago. She also spent one week training at the historic James Beard House, where guest chefs prepare one-of-kind dinners on more than 200 nights each year.