We are proud to announce the winners of the six Legacy Awards offered by distinguished members of Les Dames d'Escoffier International in 2018 -presented to six outstanding professional women in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries.
“The Legacy Awards Program provides an invaluable mentorship experience for women to learn from Dames, says LDEI President Hayley Matson-Mathes. “The program enables Dames at the pinnacle of their professions to make a significant impact on the next generation through sharing passion, expertise, and wisdom. LDEI is honored to partner with The Julia Child Foundation to continue our legacy of supporting the future of our profession.”
The 2018 AWARDS, HOSTS, and WINNERS:
NEW ENGLAND, FARM and SEA to TABLE and PAGE AWARD
Sponsored by Dame Christine Burns Rudalevige and the New England Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier (www.ldeinortheast.com)
Winner: Elizabeth Teuwen, N. Bethesda, MD
Elizabeth is a Culinary Instructor at Sur La Table in N. Bethesda MD, having previously served as pastry chef de partie at the Fairmont Hotel in Georgetown, Washington DC. Earlier, Elizabeth was a Partner and litigator in energy and utility law for Jennings Strouss & Salmon in DC.
NEW YORK CITY, NY, CULINARY AWARD
Sponsored by Dame Shelley Menaged and The James Beard House (www.jamesbeard.org)
Winner: Helen Vass, Glasgow, Scotland
Helen is currently a pastry chef and owner of Dulce, Scotland’s first pop-up dessert restaurant. Fresh off her win as BBC’s Professional Patisserie Bake Off contest, in 2016, Helen has since won four more esteemed awards, while teaching, lecturing, consulting, and baking.
NEW ORLEANS, LA, CULINARY AWARD
Sponsored by Dames Stephanie Carter and Kristen Essig at Coquette (https://www.coquettenola.com/)
Winner: Katrina Jazayeri, Somerville, MA
Named one of Zagat’s 30 Under 30, Katrina then co-founded Juliet in the Boston area, which not only won one of Bon Appetit’s 50 Best New Restaurants in America but also is the area’s only tip-free restaurant paying a living wage to all employees.
LIVERMORE VALLEY, CA, BEVERAGE and HOSPITALITY AWARD
Sponsored by Dames Amy Hoopes and Carolyn Wente at the Wente Family Estates (www.wentefamilyestates.com)
Winner: Ayja Alvarez, Victoria, BC
Ayja is manager and buyer for Caddy Bay Liquor in Victoria and was a 2015 LDEI scholarship winner. She is on track to become a French Wine Scholar at the Master Level, has already achieved Italian Wine Scholar status.
SEATTLE, WA, WINE AWARD
Sponsored by Dame Kari Leitch and Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery (www.ste-michelle.com)
Winner: Sarah Pierre, Atlanta, GA
Sarah is owner and manager of 3 Parks Wine Shop in Atlanta, with a background in restaurant management, event planning, marketing, and bartending in top restaurants including one for Danny Meyer in New York City.
HONOLULU, HI, CULINARY AWARD
Sponsored by Dame Abigail Langlas and Cake Works (http://cakeworkshi.com/)
Winner: Emma Nemechek, Arvada, CO
Emma Nemechek, from Arvada, CO, is currently the pastry chef for Omni Interlocken Resort and Spa having proven her talents earlier at several other large hotel kitchens around Denver. She holds the Certified Pastry Chef designation from the American Culinary Foundation where she sits on their board of directors, as well as that of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.
Dame Barbara Hanley barbara@ShyBrothersFarm.com 508-333-2626