Who we are

Women in Food, Fine Beverages and Hospitality

The members of LDE London are highly respected and leaders within their industries.  They represent a wide range of the diverse world of food, fine beverages and hospitality: chefs and restaurateurs, caterers, authors and publishers, press and trade journalists, restaurant and brand publicists, educators, demonstrators, chocolatiers, recipe developers, restaurant consultants, makers and importers of wine, fine spirits or craft beer, wine educators, and food producers.

Membership is by invitation and the criteria and process for joining are listed here.

2020-21 Board of Directors

Jacqui Pickles

President 2015 - present

30+ years experience in the food industry, initially training in France and at Le Gavroche, London.  Varied roles within Roux Restaurants led to starting her own outside catering company in 1986, primarily based in London and then in event management worldwide. Followed by consultancy work for supermarkets, production companies and fast food operations focusing on product development and training.  Remains active as a private chef, teacher and event planner.

Anne Dolamore

Vice President

Anne Dolamore is the cookery book publisher at Grub Street. Former Chair of the Guild of Food Writers, a trustee of Sustain, and a member of IACP. The author of two books on olive oil and has written on food for many magazines, and appeared on TV and radio. http://www.grubstreet.co.uk

Sue Carter

Secretary & Treasurer

Spent many years in wine retail in Austin, Texas as co-owner and founder of The Cellar. Before returning to the UK in 2009 she was closely associated with the local wine and food festival, spending the last 3 years as Director. A member of LDE Austin, she resolved to bring the organization to Great Britain, and helped to found the London chapter in 2010. She has been the life force behind the continuation of the chapter.

Valentina Harris

President Emeritus 2010-2015

A noted authority on all aspects of Italian food and wine. One of a large Anglo Italian family, her early years were spent in Rome before moving to London in 1976 and launching her career in food as a private chef. She has written numerous books on Italian food and is also a TV and radio personality, an established and sought-after teacher at many cookery schools, curator of cookery theatres at several food festivals and runs residential cookery courses in Italy.


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Chantal Coady OBE

Since the loss of her business, Rococo Chocolates, Chantal has been busy looking to rebrand and start again.  She is now scouring the world as the Chocolate Detective – sourcing the best quality product. Having established Grococo in Grenada to produce fair trade ethical cocoa her future is also very much involved in nurturing that project, and in promoting sustainability.  She has – on more than one occasion – shipped cocoa back to Britain under sail on the Tres Hombres Sailship to underscore the values for which the Grenada Chocolate Company stands.

Rachel Davies

Graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, established Rachel’s Kitchen Cookery School in 2010.
Runner up ‘Best Cookery School Tutor’ in the UK Cookery School of the Year Award 2012.


Sheila Dillon

Honorary Dame

Sheila is a journalist with almost three decades working in the food and hospitality industry. For 20 years she has worked on the BBC’s The Food Programme, first as reporter, then producer and now presenter. One of Sheila’s crowning achievements during her tenure is the Food and Farming Awards which launched in 2000.

In January 2008 Sheila was awarded an honorary doctorate by City University for her work which, the citation says, “has changed the way in which we think about food.”

Sara Danesin

Masterchef Finalist in 2011, Sara is now a well-known chef, teacher and food consultant.  Her cooking reflects both her heritage – she is from Italy – and the wonderful produce available in the UK.  Sara’s ethos is simplicity using just a handful of ingredients – values she shares in her teaching as well as her cooking.

Sara has recently relocated to London from York, although she still returns there for her supper club dinners – Sara@St.John’s – regularly filling her home with willing diners.


Jean Egbunike

Cindy Eisenhuth

Cindy has an unfailing enthusiasm for global event management.  She has gained a reputation for delivering outstanding events.  Building and operating her own highly successful catering, logistics and event management company has enabled her to combine her creativity, operational management and business acumen to create a world-class operation that delivers the needs of major international corporate clients.

Louise Gill

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Miranda Gore Browne

Jenny Greenhalgh

Originally from the Lake District Jen has over 20 years experience in the food industry ranging from restaurants such as St John’s and The Lockhart, to teaching for Jamie Oliver and working in development for a multi national company. Passionate about all things culinary and historical about the American South She is now the founder and co owner of the Uk’s first and only gourmet corndog shop Two Dogs Down.

Anna Haugh

(Bio to come)

Ching He Huang MBE

Ching is an International Emmy-nominated TV chef & cookery author who has become an ambassador of Chinese cooking around the world. Ching’s approach to cookery stems from the traditional cooking and lifestyles of her farming community grandparents in Southern Taiwan, and these are her major food influences.

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Heather Holden Browne

Heather Holden-Brown founded hhb agency ltd in 2005, having been a publishing editor for 20 years with Waterstone’s, Harrap, BBC Books and Headline. The following year the agency became a member of the Association of Authors’ Agents.

Heather is a member of Kingston University’s Publishers’ Advisory Board and in 2004 assessed the food and cookery books for the André Simon Memorial Fund’s annual awards.  In 2020 Heather became a member of the Guild of Food Writers.


Kate Howell

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Kristine Kelly

Studied night school at the Institute for Culinary Education in New York. Worked as an intern promoted to pastry cook at the Michelin-starred Aquavit. Freelance pastry chef in London.

Nicola Lando

Nicola is founder of award winning shop Sous Chef www.souschef.co.uk  –the “Aladdin’s cave of secret ingredients” according to the Telegraph. She has a Masters Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University. After a stint in finance she dived into the world of food with a stage in a Michelin-starred kitchen. Nicola saw the amazing ingredients restaurants had access to – and wished she could buy them herself. Sous Chef was born.


Elisabeth Luard

A cookbook author, travel journalist, memoirist and illustrator with a particular interest in the influence of latitude, geography and trade-routes on regional culinary traditions. Her work includes The Rich Tradition of European Peasant Cookery and a 13 part tv series based on the book. Currently the Chair of the Oxford Food Symposium.


Julia Platt Leonard

A writer and marketing & food consultant. She writes for the Independent online and food blogs including The Chile Trail. She hosts events with leading food writers and chefs at Soho House, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Octopus publishing and others. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Boston, MA, she worked in restaurants and catering before moving to London almost 20 years ago. She created the popular Culinary Salon programme at leading cookware and kitchen shop Divertimenti and is the author of Cold Case, a children’s mystery set in a restaurant.

Clare Marriage

Founder and CEO of Doves Farm, specialist cereal grower and mill. A Director of Slow Food UK, Director of Bucks Berks & Oxon Food Group CIC & Honorary Life Member of the Soil Association.


Gina McAdam

Marketing Director, Café Spice Namaste; marketing communications consultant and writer. Member of Worshipful Company of Marketors and IOD. Visiting lecturer Eshotel Paris/London.


Charlotte Pike

Charlotte Pike and is a UK based food writer, cookery teacher, chef and occasional broadcaster.

She is the author of five cookery books which have won and been shortlisted for leading International and UK based book awards.  Charlotte is currently the Chair of the Guild of Food Writers.


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Fiona Richmond

A career in the promotion and support of quality food and drink production. Special Projects Manager, Scotland Food & Drink.

Alex Robson

Co-founder West End Drinks. ‘King of Soho’ super premium London Dry Gin launched in 2013 as a tribute to Paul Raymond’s Soho legacy.


Barbara Segall

A writer, editor, author and blogger on herbs, GYO and artisanal producers, Barbara’s interest comes from growing and using her own produce. Author of several books on herbs, she edited The Herb Society’s magazine Herbs and edits The Horticulturist for the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. A member of the Guild of Food Writers, Garden Media Guild and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Committee.


Catherine Sloman

Catherine runs her own cookery school, Kitchen Confidence aimed at inspiring confidence in home cooks and teaches bakery at London’s Bread Ahead Bakery  Catherine published her cook book in 2019, has worked in professional kitchens, and is an award winning baker and a member of the Bread Angels. She delivers baked goods locally and offers online cookery teaching.

Alison Swan Parente MBE

Alison studied social anthropology at the London School of Economics in the 1960s. She then did a child psychotherapy training and worked for 4 years at Rutgers Medical School in the USA, coming back to the UK in the late 70s and working full time in the NHS.

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Debbie founded Ellie’s Dairy with just 3 goats. Over the years, this small commercial dairy goat herd in North Kent has grown to over 300 animals and is now the largest producer of bottled raw goat’s milk in the country.

Fresh raw milk and kefir, a range of cheeses, fresh kid meat and handmade goat’s milk soap can be found at farmers’ market stalls in London and Hampshire. The emphasis has always been on traditional & ethical farming with a drive for quality & sustainability. Passionate about affordable, local & seasonal produce.


Andrea Waters

(Bio to come)

Meredith Whitely

Anne Willan

Born in Newcastle, Anne received her master’s degree from Cambridge University, then studied and taught cooking in London and Paris before moving to the United States, becoming a citizen in 1973.

She founded École de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris in 1975.

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