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About Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI)


Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is a worldwide society of women dedicated to creating a culture in the community that fosters excellence and promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities.

LDEI was founded in New York in 1976 by Carol Brock, a food reporter for the New York Daily News. 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. From its inception, the organization has been a membership-by-invitation, philanthropic organization that has provided education, networking opportunities and scholarship support.

Overall, the organization has grown to more than 1,500 members in 36 chapters worldwide.

We remain dedicated in our support of women through scholarships, educational programs, externships and networking.

For more information about the Les Dames d'Escoffier International organization, visit www.ldei.org