Many of our events are open to the public as well as our membership.

Upcoming 2019 Events
Past Events
Past Member Events
Upcoming 2019 Events

Greek Summer Supper

There are still a few places available for this special dinner.

While it may be at Jacqui Pickles’ home in Balham we’ll be imagining we’re on some small Greek island, with our toes in the warm Aegean water, enjoying some local food and excellent wine prepared by Dame Mary Pateras and Jacqui.

Doesn’t that sound enticing?

Please let me know if you’d like to join us – payment of £30 for the dinner, including wine, up front please to secure your spot.

Wednesday July 17th – 6.30pm – 9.30pm


1 Sainfoin Road, London SW17 8EP




Past Events

International Women”s Day 2018


LDE London’s Women in Food Series: Where are the women chefs?

8 March 2018 – 6:30-9:00 pm

Le Cordon Bleu Cookery School

15 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1 2L

BUY TICKETS HERE – – Eventbrite – £15 (£5 donated to Breast Cancer Care)

Fewer than 25% of chefs working in the UK today are women. Why are they so under-represented in professional kitchens?  Why aren’t there more women chefs and why are there so few in the top jobs?

Join BBC Radio 4 Food Programme host Sheila Dillon as she talks to a panel of women working in the culinary field about the challenges facing women in the kitchen. Expect a lively discussion from this diverse group of talented women.

Hosted by LDE London, an affiliate of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, an organisation that supports and mentors women in the food and drinks industry. Celebrating International Women’s Day, and  co-sponsored by Le Cordon Bleu, the event will support the work of Breast Cancer Care and LDE London.

Our Guest Panellists

Anne Willan is recognised as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on French cooking and founded the École de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris in 1975. With more than 50 years of experience as a teacher, cookbook author, culinary historian and food columnist,  she has written more than 30 books, among them the influential La Varenne Pratique and the 17-volume Look and Cook series. She was inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2013 and received the Legion D’Honneur, Chevalier award from the French government for her life long dedication to and promotion of French cuisine in 2014. She is also a Grande Dame of Les Dames d’Escoffier International.

Anna Haugh is originally from Dublin and was taught to cook by her Mother, from whom she developed a passion for Irish food. Anna started cooking professionally at the Michelin starred l’Ecrivain. In 2004 she moved to London and worked for Shane Osborne, Philip Howard and Gordon Ramsay. Through her career so far, Anna has been a head chef, an executive chef, a Director, has filmed two series of Royal Recipes for BBC1 and is a regular on BBC’s Saturday kitchen.

Asma Khan moved from Calcutta in 1990. After working as a coordinator for a Women’s Aid Refuge in Cambridge, she studied Law and earned a PhD in British Constitutional Law from Kings College London. She launched Darjeeling Express in April 2012 with £50, working out of her home kitchen. Opened as a restaurant in 2017 to rave reviews, Darjeeling Express houses an open kitchen run by South Asian housewives, most of whom began as part-time assistants when Asma was cooking from her home. Her debut cookbook will be published by Pavilion Books later this year.

Olia Hercules trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine, and worked as a chef de partie in restaurants, including Ottolenghi and then as a recipe developer before landing a book deal for Mamushka, a cookbook that celebrates her family recipes. It won the prestigious Fortnum and Mason award for best debut cookbook 2016 and Olia was named the Observer Rising Star of 2015. Her second cookbook, Kaukasis: a culinary journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan and beyond was published in 2017.

Thanks to our sponsors for their support of this event

International Women’s Day 2017

International Women’s Day Women Empowered by Food

Wednesday March 8th

A conversation with Sheila Dillon (BBC R4’s Food Programme host) and guests Elizabeth Luard, Sarit Packer, Yasmin Khan and Camilla Schneideman.

At Bulthaup Showroom, 36-42 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5PS


Past Member Events
Wednesday October 11th 2017
New Member Induction 2017-18

We had a record number of new Dames to welcome to the chapter this year.  The event, held at Cactus Kitchens in their Michel Roux Jr Cooking School, was a lively affair with plenty of networking.  We are delighted to have so many talented and dynamic new members joining us and we look forward to an exciting year ahead.

Monday March 27th

The Real Greek, Bankside

Tonia Buxton and Mary Pateras present A Greek Lenten Meal, featuring traditional dishes prepared in the period leading up to Greek Orthodox Easter. Price includes three courses plus wine.