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

Several new members have joined the chapter in the recent months – please meet Zoe Adjonyoh, Cindy Eisenhuth, Elisabeth Luard, Charlotte Pike and Barbara Segall.  You will find biographic details on how ‘Who We Are’ page and their contact details will be shared with members in due course.

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

Catherine Sloman
Rachel Stonehouse
Lucy Vincent

Webinar news

Kitchen Confidence – reinvention through cooking

Tuesday January 26th 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Reservations essential – ticket sales commence Tuesday 12 January at 9am here

Three uniquely placed women discuss how teaching a new skill – specifically cooking and baking – benefits the pupil with both physical and mental confidence .

When someone learns how to cook, they are learning (how to read a recipe and interpret the instructions), numeracy (how measurements work, how to halve a recipe) and science (nutrition, what heat does to transform raw food into cooked food) – and even art when it comes to decorating or plating up.

In addition you are giving someone the skills to bake a child a birthday cake, or simply put a nutritious meal on the family table and, with luck and confidence, employability.

The teacher also has a role in mentoring and monitoring mental well-being, and in the case of our guests for this webinar, a continuing resource for career advice.

Sheila Dillon of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme will lead the discussion with

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A Q & A will follow the talk.

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.