Les Dames D’Escoffier New York awards $ 79,000 in scholarships to 16 women pursuing change careers in food, wine and hospitality


The 2021 scholarships represent more than $ 2 million awarded by Les Dames d’Escoffier New York

July 19 – (New York, NY and online) – Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY) to award $ 79,000 in scholarships to 16 dynamic women pursuing hospitality studies and committed to progress and philanthropy, including feed the excluded; sustainable food systems; racial justice; and break down gender barriers.

More than two million dollars ($ 2 million) have been awarded since the creation of the Dames d’Escoffier scholarship program in 1977.

The scholarships will be officially presented in a virtual ceremony open to the public on Tuesday, July 20 at 6 p.m. EST, with the Chef / Restaurateur keynote speaker and Dame Melissa Rodriguez. Tickets are $ 10 / person, available through Eventbrite, with a portion of the profits benefiting from future LDNY scholarships.

“Advancing and supporting women who are future leaders ready to make a difference in our industries – and the world at large – is at the heart of the Dames d’Escoffier,” said Co-Chair Jennifer O’Flanagan.

Co-Chair Jenifer Lang notes, “It is exciting to envision the positive impact that recipients will have, and knowing that our annual scholarship brings them closer to achievement makes us especially grateful for each contribution. ”

The recently introduced L’Etoile scholarship, now in its second year, is the largest scholarship ($ 20,000) of the LDNY grants; it is awarded to a recipient who shines brightly in the culinary industry. This year’s L’Etoile scholarship recipient Patricia Moran, a culinary science student at the Culinary Institute of America, has a career goal of opening a cafe and community center that provides services, resources and workshops, with a sustainable farm on site.

In addition, a new LDNY Carol Brock Fellowship will be awarded in memory and honor of the founder of the organization. Carol Brock (1924-2020) founded Les Dames d’Escoffier in 1976 to empower women in the food, beverage and hospitality industries, filling a void in predominantly male fields. Through his leadership, the organization identified scholarships, educational programs and networking opportunities as tools to break down professional barriers based on prejudice. LDNY Fellowship recipient Carol Brock, Javonne Alonzo, a Masters candidate in Food Studies at New York University, is ready to do so by developing programming to integrate black culinary history into the curriculum of more colleges.

In partnership with LDNY, culinary, pastry and hotel scholarships are awarded by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE).

The 2021 Les Dames d’Escoffier scholarship recipients also include:

Alych Padro (CIA), the Abigail Kirsch & Alison Awerbuch scholarship · Maddalena Ahl (CIA), Chantel Hightower (CIA) and Amanda Scoca (CIA), the Margaret and Darby Perry scholarship · Melissa Ruiz Diaz (Kingsborough College), Culinary Development Fellowship · Christina Rivara (Cornell), Hotel Management Fellowship · Naomii Tringali, International Wine Center · Lucy Feng Wu, (City Tech-CUNY), Hotel Management Fellowship · Kristyna Zappasodi (Montclair State University), LDNY Nutrition Fellowship · Dalila Barillas (ICE), Hotel Management Exchange · Quilla Chelsea Gamarra (ICE), Bakery and Pastry Scholarship · Madeline Osovski, CIA in-kind scholarship · Render Nkaassaa Rochelle (ICE), Culinary Arts Grant · Mackenzie Matheson Scholarship, C-CAP

Event sponsor GreenPan generously donated a ceramic non-stick frying pan to each of the scholarship winners.

To learn more and donate to LDNY scholarships, please visit https://ldny.org/scholarship/.

About the Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY)

LDNY is the founding and largest chapter of Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), an experienced 501c3 non-profit organization. LDNY’s vision is guided by three objectives: Education, Advocacy and Philanthropy. LDNY’s mission is to advance and support aspiring professional women in the food and beverage industry, and advocate for critical issues in the industry. Visit www.ldny.org and FFollow @lesdamesny on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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