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

Our Latest Blog

Jennifer Greenhalgh has worked in the hospitality industry covering everything from teaching to fine dining.  She writes about staying sane in lockdown.

Every morning I performed the ritual of fresh ground coffee to start the day, and thanks to the amazing Pact coffee subscription service, we have had the opportunity to try many new brews. We have pored over tasting notes and experimented with grinds and milks.

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 . . .

In Memoriam:

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of LDEI Founder, Carol Brock, who passed away peacefully on July 27th 2020.  She was a life force whose legacy is the 45 chapters of LDEI throughout North America and Europe.

Carol attended  the very first Edible London in 2014 and is remembered fondly by us all.

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

Webinar news

Hospitality vs Covid

Monday 7th December 2020 – 19:00 – 20:00

Nisha Katona in conversation with Dame Alison Swan Parente

How do you keep a business going in the face of a pandemic ? For those in the hospitality world the pressures are enormous, and many have already lost the fight. Nisha – with 11 restaurants in her Mowgli Street Food chain, and one more pending – has been able to thrive. How?

Alison, founder of the School of Artisan Food, has faced similar challenges – having to shut down during the first lockdown but luckily remain open as an educational establishment during the second – how do you continue to recruit students when they are faced with a bleak future? Where competition for jobs will be fierce? These and many other issues will be discussed during their conversation.

A Question and Answer session will follow the talk.

Booking essential – to register follow link 

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.