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

New Recipe Share

A warm salad may sound counterintuitive, but at this time of year when we are all trying to make up for the excesses of the Christmas season, and wanting to stay warm, what could be better?

Charlotte Pike shares this favourite salad

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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…

Writing in July 2020, it seems that never before have the aims of LDE International (LDEI) been more relevant . . .

Welcome to our newest members

A huge welcome goes to our most recent LDE London member – Prue Leith.  Prue has had a long and multi-faceted career in food, and is a strong advocate for the improvement of food in institutional settings. As a host of the Great British Bake-off, and other TV shows, Prue is constantly busy so we may not see her at our events when they resume, but she is 100% committed to supporting our work as and when she can.  Recently made a Dame of the British Empire, Prue is now a double Dame!

In Memoriam: founder of LDEI, Carol Brock

For the details of her amazing life, please follow this link to the New York Times Obituary of Carol Brock

And follow this link to an LDEI tribute to Carol Brock

Darina Allen
Anne Dolamore

Desert Island Dishes

With Anne Dolamore and special guest Darina Allen

Do you live to eat or eat to live?  For those contemplating the dishes they’d take to a desert island, the answer is most likely to be the former.

The video of the event is now available on our YouTube channel here

Anne Dolamore of Grub Street Books took her friend Darina Allen through the dishes that form a thread through her life, and their significance, and along the way we learned more of her personal history and anecdotes.

The event was FREE to view, as is the video, but Darina has nominated a beneficiary for any funds raised by this event, and so would like to encourage donations here

These will go to the Sustainable Food Trust who have shared their details below:

Our Mission:  We work to accelerate the transition to more sustainable food and farming systems on a global scale. To achieve this, we work catalytically to inform and influence individuals and organisations in leadership positions.

We are a small UK-based organisation making a big difference. Our direct involvement with practical agriculture, extensive experience in the fields of policy, regulation, standards, certification and the food market, coupled with our network of international contacts, makes us uniquely positioned to be a catalyst for change.

Please consider making a donation in lieu of a ticket fee here  and mention this event as a reference.

Meanwhile, enjoy the far-reaching conversation which will delight and charm in equal measure.

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.