Update: The deadline to apply for the Women in Culinary Leadership Grant has been extended to Monday, February 8. Learn more and apply here.
In December, the James Beard Foundation opened up applications for its 2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant, a mentoring program that aims to help women build leadership skills in the kitchen and in restaurant management and entrepreneurship. Now in its third year, the program has signed on 19 industry-leading restaurateurs to mentor the grantees, including April Bloomfield, John Besh, Kim Bartmann, Tom Douglas, Cindy Pawlycn, and many more.
The Women in Culinary Leadership program was founded by Rohini Dey, founder and owner of the Indian-Latin Vermilion Restaurants in New York and Chicago; and Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. Seeing that women make up less than 7% of the head chef positions in the industry, they wanted to take a step toward reversing that statistic.
We spoke to Rohini Dey (who’s also one of the 2016 mentors) about the inspiration behind the program and what chefs and restaurateurs can do to set women up for success. Read on, and click here to learn more and apply.