Meet the Legacy Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of the six Legacy Awards offered by distinguished members of Les Dames d'Escoffier International in 2019 - presented to seven 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 Ann Stratte. “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.”



1. Zingerman’s Culinary Award, Ann Arbor MI

Jen Herczeg, Philadelphia, PA  

Jen, Founder/CEO of the Philly Food Collaborative, provides marketing, strategy, and social media consulting for food brands. She has been professionally involved in food marketing for over ten years. Jen is also the Director of Business Development for Edible Philly magazine. 

     3. Wente Family Estates Wine Award, Livermore Valley, CA

Robin Epperson-McCarthy, Riverhead NY

Robin is the winemaker/owner of Saltbird Cellars in Peconic, NY, and holds a Wine & Spirit Education Trust level 2 certification.  She has deep experience in winemaking in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, including analysis/production and customer education.

Mara Hanneson, Victoria. BC

Mara is a Certified Sommelier and a French Wine Scholar, also working toward the Italian Wine Scholar designation.  She is employed in sales at the Vessel Liquor Store and as a server at Brasserie L’Ecole in Victoria.

4. NE Farm to Sea to Table and Page Award, New England

Kaley Brammer, Bothell, WA

Kaley currently works at Carnation Farms as Youth Development & Education Manager, strengthening the all-important bridge between school students and food production.  She has a writing and hospitality background, strengthening her skills as a food-system educator.

     5. New Orleans Culinary Award

Emme Collins, Everett, WA

Emme is Chef Owner of both Alcove Dining Room and Chef Emme Catering Company in Seattle WA. Born in Brazil, she was raised in the restaurant business.  Today she blends her Afro-Brazilian and Pacific Northwest cultures to reflect both her passion and heritage.

      6. Welbeck Abbey School of Artisan Food, Nottinghamshire, UK

Katharine Elder, Valley Center, KS

Katharine is Executive Chef and Owner of Elderslie Farm, her and her husband’s farm-to-table business founded on her passion for creative and nutritious local food.  She also finds time to serve as a culinary instructor and a personal chef in Italy.

     7. Okanagan Valley Wineries, BC

Stephanie Schrankel, Seattle, WA

Stephanie is a Certified Sommelier at Seastar Restaurant in Bellevue, WA, while she also leads Washington State wine tours in both French and German. Studying international wines, she has worked as an import specialist, among many other aspects of wine retailing since 2005.


Please contact the Legacy Awards Chairwoman for further information:

Dame Barbara Hanley  508-333-2626


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