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…
New Honorary Dame
Sheila is a journalist with almost three decades working in the food and hospitality industry. For 20 years she has worked on the BBC’s The Food Programme, first as reporter, then producer and now presenter. One of Sheila’s crowning achievements during her tenure is the Food and Farming Awards which launched in 2000.
In January 2008 Sheila was awarded an honorary doctorate by City University for her work which, the citation says, “has changed the way in which we think about food.”
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.