LDE London’s 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
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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.
Our Guest Panellists
Anne Willan is recognised as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on French cooking and founded the École de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris in 1975. With more than 50 years of experience as a teacher, cookbook author, culinary historian and food columnist, she has written more than 30 books, among them the influential La Varenne Pratique and the 17-volume Look and Cook series. She was inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2013 and received the Legion D’Honneur, Chevalier award from the French government for her life long dedication to and promotion of French cuisine in 2014. She is also a Grande Dame of Les Dames d’Escoffier International.
Anna Haugh is originally from Dublin and was taught to cook by her Mother, from whom she developed a passion for Irish food. Anna started cooking professionally at the Michelin starred l’Ecrivain. In 2004 she moved to London and worked for Shane Osborne, Philip Howard and Gordon Ramsay. Through her career so far, Anna has been a head chef, an executive chef, a Director, has filmed two series of Royal Recipes for BBC1 and is a regular on BBC’s Saturday kitchen.
Asma Khan moved from Calcutta in 1990. After working as a coordinator for a Women’s Aid Refuge in Cambridge, she studied Law and earned a PhD in British Constitutional Law from Kings College London. She launched Darjeeling Express in April 2012 with £50, working out of her home kitchen. Opened as a restaurant in 2017 to rave reviews, Darjeeling Express houses an open kitchen run by South Asian housewives, most of whom began as part-time assistants when Asma was cooking from her home. Her debut cookbook will be published by Pavilion Books later this year.
Olia Hercules trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine, and worked as a chef de partie in restaurants, including Ottolenghi and then as a recipe developer before landing a book deal for Mamushka, a cookbook that celebrates her family recipes. It won the prestigious Fortnum and Mason award for best debut cookbook 2016 and Olia was named the Observer Rising Star of 2015. Her second cookbook, Kaukasis: a culinary journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan and beyond was published in 2017.
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