LDEI Legacy Awards Program

Investing in Tomorrow's Food, Fine Beverage & Hospitality Leaders

The Legacy Awards, supported by The Julia Child Foundation, were established by Les Dames d'Escoffier International in 2009 with one goal in mind: to provide targeted mentorship opportunities for professional women in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries. The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts generously supports our Legacy Awards program. 

A Week with a Dame  Each Legacy Award winner earns a weeklong experience to work alongside one or more accomplished members of LDEI at her business. The competition is open to professional women from the US, Mexico, UK, Canada, and France, who are not Dames but have a minimum of four years’ experience working in the culinary industry. Click here for guidelines for hosting an experience in 2020.

In 2019 seven experiences are being awarded by distinguished members of LDEI in four categories: culinary; food/wine journalism; wine; and farm-to-table. Click here for details. 

Each Legacy Award Winner Receives…

  • Her Legacy Experience with a Dame
  • Reimbursable Expenses  for airfare, hotel if needed, plus other expenses for the week, up to US $2,000
  • A trip to the 2019 LDEI Annual Conference at Loews Hotel Nashville, October 24-27, 2019. A luncheon honoring the Legacy Award Winners will be held. Travel, hotel, and conference attendance will be reimbursed.

Winners will be announced in April 2, 2019 and experiences must be completed by October 1, 2019. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2019, for pre-review and March 15 for final applications. 

For more information about the LDEI Legacy Awards Program, contact:

Dame Barbara Hanley barbara@ShyBrothersFarm.com or 508.333.2626.

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