Thank you for your interest in applying to the 2018 class of the James Beard Foundation's Women in Culinary Leadership Program (WCL)!
Women in Culinary Leadership (WCL), is a nine-month accelerated, learning-by-doing mentorship program. The program includes a week working at the celebrated James Beard House with some of the finest chefs in the country.
The 2018 program offers either back of house (BoH) or front of house (FoH) training for a nine-month period with the mentors* listed below. Mentees will receive a weekly salary of $600 paid by the mentor for a 40-50 hour work week. Monthly written prompts and conference calls with the JBF team will provide guidance through the program and maximize the experience for each mentee.
If selected for the first round interview, it will take place via phone, Facetime, or Skype. Applicants selected for a second interview are financially responsible for travel and accommodations, if an in-person interview is requested. Mentees are responsible for any associated relocation expenses should they request and be selected for an opportunity in a city where they are not presently living.
There is an opportunity for program mentees to spend one week in New York City staging at the James Beard House kitchen assisting guest chefs. Further information will be provided to the WCL class of 2018. Travel and accommodations are paid for by the James Beard Foundation for this one week, while salary will continue from the mentor's organization.
This year's mentors include:
José Andrés, Think Food Group, Washington D.C. and Las Vegas, BoH and FoH
Kim Bartmann, Bartmann Group, Minneapolis, BoH
Elizabeth Blau, Blau & Associates, Las Vegas, BoH and FoH
Kevin Boehm, BOKA Restaurant Group, Chicago, BoH and FoH
Kevin Brown, Lettuce Entertain You® Restaurants, Chicago, FoH
Rohini Dey, PhD, WCL Founder, Vermilion, Chicago, BoH and FoH
Lauren DeSteno, Altamarea Group, New York City, BoH
Tom Douglas, Tom Douglas Restaurants, Seattle, BoH
Paul Fehribach, Big Jones, Chicago, BoH
Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, Border Grill, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles BoH
Paul Kahan and Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality, Chicago, BoH
Angie Mar, The Beatrice Inn, New York City, BoH
Ti Adelaide Martin, Commander's Palace, New Orleans, FoH
Sarah Robbins, 21c Museum Hotels, Louisville; BoH
Stephen Starr, STARR Restaurants, New York City or Philadelphia, BoH
A resume, a 500-750 word written essay, and three letters of recommendations are required for this application to be complete, as evident when filling in the form. The application for the 2018 WCL Mentorship Program closes on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET. Partially completed application sections can be saved and edited until the deadline, but please be sure to submit the complete application by March 31, 2018.
* The mentors may or may not be your main contact during the course of the program. Mentees should expect to meet the mentor several times, but your day to day point person(s) will most probably be your Chef, General Manager, Director of Operations, and or Human Resources Manager. Each of these people contributes greatly to the success of the mentor's organization and will be working closely with you to create a successful program for you as well.
The James Beard Foundation thanks our esteemed Mentors for their tremendous contributions to the program including:
- Mentee compensation
- Participation in ongoing Mentor /Mentee/JBF status meetings
- Support for JBF Administration expenses
Please contact Shelley Menaged at email@example.com with questions regarding the WCL Program and application.