Are you a young female chef or front-of-the-house employee over 21 with at least two years restaurant experience?
Consider giving yourself the gift of knowledge this year.
Apply to the James Beard Foundation‘s 2015 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant Program and try to win a six or 12-month mentorship for women in the culinary arts through. The program is designed to address the continued inequality faced by women in restaurants and kitchens. The aim is to build kitchen and management skills. The grants include generous stipends of $500 in living expenses a week – so go for it before the deadline on December 16, 2014. Winners get to cook with their mentors as guest chefs at the James Beard House for one week.
Candidates may apply for one or all of the following Women in Culinary Leadership Grant programs:
• Kevin Boehm – Boka Restaurant Group, Chicago: http//www.bokagrp.com
Six-Month Program: Front-of-House
• Kevin Brown – Lettuce Entertain You® Enterprises, Chicago: Six-Month Program: Back- and Front-of-House
• Rohini Dey – Vermilion, Chicago and NYC: Twelve-Month Program: Back- and Front-of-House
• Tom Douglas – Multiple Restaurants, Seattle: Twelve-Month Program: Back- and Front-of-House
• Matt and Kate Jennings – Townsman, Boston: Six-Month Program: Back- and Front-of-House
• Anthony Lamas – Seviche, Louisville, KY: Six-Month Program: Back- and Front-of-House
• Donnie Madia – Nico Osteria, Chicago:Six-Month Program: Back- and Front-of-House
• Christina Tosi – Momofuku Milk Bar, New York City: Twelve-Month Program: Back- and Front-of-House
It is good to see women chefs supporting this program. Super Chef hopes that the male mentor chefs are coached in issues specific for women in the restaurant industry – but why aren’t there more female chefs stepping up to support this important program?
The program was launched in 2012, was spearheaded by Rohini Dey, JBF trustee and restaurateur, and Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. Click here to read more about it. Click here to start your application.