Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is a worldwide society of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy, mentoring and philanthropy.
Carol Brock, a food reporter for the New York Daily News, founded the organization in New York City in 1976. At the time, there were few opportunities for women in the culinary arts, and there were no prominent women chefs or sommeliers. Brock saw a need to create an organization of professional, leading women in the industry who would serve as role models and mentors to others, and so LDEI was born.
Les Dames d’Escoffier International is named after Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935). Escoffier was one of the most innovative chefs in history. His philosophy and accomplishments still serve as both model and inspiration to
culinary professionals throughout the world.
Today, LDEI is an invitation-only organization with 29 chapters throughout North America and in Europe. The members are heavily vetted for their expertise and their contributions to their industries and to their communities.
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