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Our Philadelphia chapter has conducted fundraising projects and awarded scholarships since our inception in 1984. Collectively, LDEI chapters in the U.S. and Canada have awarded more than $4 million 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: "LDEI provides critical career boosts and opportunities for young people who may not otherwise pursue a career that is inherently demanding."

For more information on our Scholarship program please contact Scholarship Chair Valarie Costanzo


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