Many LDEI chapters conduct fundraising projects and awards scholarships at various levels. To date, our chapters around the US and Canada have collectively raised and awarded millions in culinary scholarships to deserving students.


Many of our scholarship recipients have gone on to illustrious careers in the food, wine and hospitality industry:


Amanda Hesser, food writer, New York Times:
"Les Dames d'Escoffier gave me a chance to take my interest in food and find my way to a career that suited me. With their support, I worked in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France, and eventually went to cooking school. By the time my scholarship ended, I had found my place. I was writing."


Sara Moulton, Host, Food Network's "Cooking Live"
"LDE provides critical career boosts and opportunities for young people who may not otherwise pursue a career that is inherently demanding."


To Apply for a LDEI Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded by individual Chapters of LDEI. Chapters select scholars (or other charitable recipients) and participating higher education institutions for the culinary arts via their own criteria. Not all chapters provide scholarships.  No scholarships are available from the international organization (LDEI), only from the local chapters.


If you are interested in applying for a scholarship through one of our Chapters, click here for the list of chapter contacts for scholarships.Please keep in mind that not all chapters provide scholarships and that most of our Chapters offer scholarships on a geographic basis. It is possible that your inquiry may not fall into the jurisdiction of one of our Chapters. Please do not call the LDEI office concerning scholarship information. All available information is posted on this site.



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