Women Leaders in Food, Fine Beverage and Hospitality
An affiliate chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International
Welcome to the London Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International – a philanthropic organisation of leading women in the worlds of food, fine beverage and hospitality.
This invitation-only association now stretches to 37 chapters within the USA, Canada, Mexico and the UK. Our members represent the highly diversified and multi-faceted fields of contemporary gastronomy.
Mission: we are founded on the principle of creating a supportive culture within our community through:
- Sharing knowledge
- Supporting our members
- Providing leadership, educational opportunities and philanthropic events for the community at large
Letter from the President
Welcome to LDE London! For first time visitors, I hope that you gain an insight into our organisation that will inspire you either to support the work that we do and, where appropriate, to seek membership for yourself…
International Women’s Day
LDE London Women in Food Series: Where are the women chefs?
8 March 2018 – 6:30-9:00 pm
Le Cordon Bleu Cookery School
15 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1 2L
Fewer than 25% of chefs working in the UK today are women. Why are they so under-represented in professional kitchens? Why aren’t there more women chefs and why are there so few in the top jobs?
Join BBC Radio 4 Food Programme host Sheila Dillon as she talks to a panel of women working in the culinary field about the challenges facing women in the kitchen. Expect a lively discussion from this diverse group of talented women.
Hosted by LDE London, an affiliate of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, an organisation that supports and mentors women in the food and drinks industry. Celebrating International Women’s Day, and co-sponsored by Le Cordon Bleu, the event will support the work of Breast Cancer Care and LDE London.
Dame of the Month
Dame Sue Carter is the indispensable rock of Les Dames d’Escoffier London Chapter and is the hard-working and dedicated Secretary. She is also the founder, the inspiration for our group, and without her we can truly say we wouldn’t exist at all. Interviewed by Dame Chrissie Walker
In 2009 Sue returned from the US where she and her husband owned and ran a successful wine shop in Austin, Texas for 15 years. Three years before returning to the UK she was invited to become a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, Austin.