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

LDE London (Les Dames d’Escoffier London) is a dynamic group of forward-thinking and successful female leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. Located in the best city in the world, LDE London is a chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), a non-profit organisation which supports its communities through grants, scholarships and mentorship.

Visit our events page to learn about our events, which are open to members and many also to the general public.


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

Hello and welcome to LDE London.

For those visiting us for the first time, we hope you gain an insight into our Chapter, affiliated with the larger organisation, Les Dames d’Escoffier International.

Please take time to see what we do, get to know our membership here and consider how you can be involved in our welcoming community. We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at one of our events!

Dames in the News

Dame Lucy Vincent

Here’s to Dame Lucy Vincent, who has been named as one of this year’s Inspirational Women, in a campaign supported by the Daily Mail and M&S.  Founder and CEO of Food Behind Bars, Lucy attended a Women of the World (WOW) event at Buckingham Palace in March, where she met the Queen and was able to highlight the important work she and her team are doing to campaign for change in prison food.

To read about the latest initiative to build a Prison Food Foundation, and to make a donation Click Here

Dame Sheila Dillon

Another well-deserved accolade for Dame Patron Sheila Dillon.

Dame Sheila Dillon has been the recipient of many a deserved award in her time, due to her fearless food journalism over the years.  Her most recent accolade is perhaps one of her most important, as she was recognised at the prestigious Food and Drink Awards Fortnum & Mason (fortnumandmason.com), winning the audio category.

Dame Prue Leith

Congratulations to our double Dame Prue who has just received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guild of Food Writers.

She will accept her award at the ceremony on June 12th where she will be feted by her peers (not necessarily literally!)

Read her short bio here

Other LDE London Dames honoured with the GFW Lifetime Achievement award are Dame Anne Willan, Dame Darina Allen and Dame Elisabeth Luard.

We are very proud of them all.

Cherry Pistachio Cake

Dame Catherine Sloman shares this seasonal recipe with credit to Itamar and Sarit of Honey & Co.

Lady Guadalupe

Thanks to Dame Jen Greenhalgh for a cocktail recipe for a change – this comes courtesy of friends in San Francisco.

Dames Give Back with Plan Z Heroes

25th and 26th July 2024

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Plan Zheroes – The Zero Food Waste Heroes are a fantastic charity working hard to reduce food waste across our capital. They are like a dating agency between businesses who have surplus, good quality food and charities in need.

If you’d like to get involved, drop Dame Kate Howell a line or if you have any other ideas of volunteering opportunities for the Chapter, do let us know.

Pride Month

LDE London Dame Jen Greenhalgh has shared this personal and thoughtful essay that illustrates the need for continuing support of our LGBTQIA+ Dames and those in the wider world of hospitality. Follow the link for the full article.

“I am a proud member of Les Dames d’Escoffier London and also a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community. In fact, it was the commitment of LDE London and LDE International to supporting its members and the amazing group of forward-thinking women at its core that inspired me to get involved in the first place. . . .”

We always welcome donations

Donations go towards our beneficiaries – these range from food charities to educational funds for women entering the worlds of culinary arts, fine beverage or hospitality.