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…





3rd Annual International Women’s Day Panel Event: “The women who changed the way we think about food”

Featuring, as pictured: Sheila Dillon, Renee Elliott, Angela Hartnett, Diana Henry and Bee Wilson.

Wednesday March 6th, 6pm-8.30pm

Smeg Showroom – 14 Lower Regent Street London SW1Y 4PH

Tickets – £15 (plus admin fee) available here IWD Tickets

Proceeds will go to The Food Chain and The School of Artisan Food


Thanks to Smeg and Eclectic Wines for their generous support


Photos: Diana Henry by Chris Terry; Bee Wilson by Tom Runciman

Meet a new Dame

Sara Danesin Medio

Sara recently joined LDE London although many of you will already be familiar with her from her time on Masterchef – she was a finalist in 2011.  Following the tv exposure, she developed a hugely successful Dining Club in York and has since moved back to London where she is teaching and building a list of private catering clients.

Her cooking is a celebration of both her heritage and local produce, and she describes her ethos as simplicity – and letting ingredients show to their best as simply as possible.

Despite her busy culinary life, Sara is a trained oncology nurse, and is continuing to work a day or two a week in a London hospital.

We always welcome donations, whatever the size.