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We believe you can’t be what you can’t see. Championing and celebrating women in the UK food industry is at the heart of what we do. This is THE place for conversation, insight, news, events, podcasts, stories, networking and community support across all sectors of the food industry.

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With your help we aim to:
• Increase the awareness of all the roles women play in the industry
• Show the wide range of roles and opportunities for women
• Connect women across all sectors for conversation and support
• Be a resource and a place where women can get the help they need

We want to see a world in which the food industry treats women as equal, champions inclusion and diversity and actively helps women of all ages and backgrounds fulfil their dreams and ambitions to work in food.  We also want to help move women up the ranks and become strong leaders and role models in the industry.

Led by co-founder, Mex Ibrahim with the valuable help of Ambassadors: Irini Tzortzoglou, Antonia Lloyd, Shelley Sofier and Emma White, we all share the heart-felt belief that collaboration is better than competition and we welcome the support of both men and women to help our aims.

Women in the Food Industry became a Community Interest Company (CIC) on 18th July 2023 and doesn’t exist to make a profit – we work towards a purpose, reinvesting any surplus money into achieving our goal.

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A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen : Panel Event & Book Signing – Tuesday 11th June 2024

Women in the Food Industry are hosting an event centred around the launch of Sally Abé’s debut memoir – A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen – a chef’s dispactches from behind the pass. Sally’s book is about her journey of becoming an award-winning chef in the brutal world of restaurant kitchens. It is also a stirring manifesto which shows how we can change them for the better. Meet an inspiring panel of women who are working to bring hope for the culinary landscape’s future.

Tuesday, 11th June 2024

Halifax HQ
First Floor
118-132 New Oxford Street
London, WC1A 1HL

Aussie Beef Mates : Women In The Food Industry Bristol Lunch – Monday 10th June 2024

Women in the Food Industry & The Chefs Forum are hosting a lunch at City Restaurant, City of Bristol College prepared by leading local chefs and students. Showcasing the finest Aussie beef, thanks to Aussie Beef Mates you can enjoy a menu prepared by: Kasae Fraser (MasterChef The Professionals 2024 Finalist, Charlotte Vincent (National Chef of the Year Finalist 2024 and Great British Menu contestant) Caley Briddick (Freelance Chef) Brinda Bungaroo (Brinda’s Mauritius Delights) and  Lucy Bowden (Freelance Chef).

Monday, 10th June 2024

City Restaurant, City of Bristol College,
St George's Road,
Bristol,
BS1 5UA

The Business of Street Food – Tuesday 4th June 2024

Women in the Food Industry & KERB are hosting a lunchtime event about the business of street food! Over your choice of lunch at Seven Dials, discover how to start and promote your own street food stall, the pros and cons of buying a street food truck, how to set up your own food festival, the challenges and benefits of moving on from selling locally to national distribution, and learn much, much more. Men & women are welcome to this insightful panel, lunch and networking event.

Tuesday, 4th June 2024

Market Bookshop
Seven Dials Market
35 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LX

Healthy Eating & Nutrition for the Summer – Monday 3rd June 2024

Women in the Food Industry are hosting an event that’s all about healthy eating in preparation for the summer! This isn’t about getting “beach body ready” but how to maintain a healthy approach to our diets and eat well throughout the year. The discussion will feature esteemed nutritionists, chefs, and cookbook authors who bring a wealth of expertise from diverse culinary backgrounds, dietary philosophies, and cultural perspectives.

Monday, 3rd June 2024

Halifax HQ
First Floor
118-132 New Oxford Street
London, WC1A 1HL

The Conduit Food Industry Community Drinks – Thursday 30th May 2024

Join our supporters The Conduit – a members club for social impact – for Food Industry community drinks on Thursday 30th May! Meet the burgeoning community committed to creating a sustainable, just and prosperous future for food. 

Thursday, 30th May 2024

2nd Floor, Reading Room, The Conduit, 6 Langley St, London WC2H 9JA

The Future of the British Cheese Industry – Conversations Around The Cookery School Table – Monday 20th May 2024

We have teamed up with our friends at Cookery School at Little Portland Street to bring you discounted tickets to their brand new series of monthly events. Their next event takes place on Monday May 20th 2024 from 6pm-8.30pm and we will be discussing the British cheese industry and what it might look like in the future.

Monday, 20th May 2024

Cookery School at Little Portland Street
15b Little Portland Street
London
W1W 8BW

The Conduit Food Industry Community Drinks – Wednesday 1st May 2024

Join our supporters The Conduit – a members club for social impact – for Food Industry community drinks on Wednesday 1st May! Meet the burgeoning community committed to creating a sustainable, just and prosperous future for food. 

Wednesday, 1st May 2024

The Conduit, 6 Langley St, London WC2H 9JA

Growing & Cooking Food in The City – Conversations Around The Cookery School Table – Monday 29th April 2024

We have teamed up with our friends at Cookery School at Little Portland Street to bring you discounted tickets to their brand new series of monthly events. Their next event takes place on April 29th 2024 from 6pm-8.30pm and is run with The Soil Association for Plant & Share Month. They have brought together a fascinating panel with a wide range of experience in greening in the very heart of the capital.

Monday, 29th April 2024

Cookery School at Little Portland Street
15b Little Portland Street
London
W1W 8BW

News

18/05/2024

A Weekend Cooking with Anna – Book Review of Anna Haugh’s debut cookbook by Women in the Food Industry Ambassador Antonia Lloyd

Ambassador of Women In the Food Industry and Writer, Antonia Lloyd, spends a weekend cooking from Anna Haugh’s newly released cookbook – Cooking with Anna: : Modern Home Cooking with Irish Heart. Anna has created a wonderful debut cookbook that will expand any family cook’s repertoire with a light touch.

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10/05/2024

The Changing Culture in British Restaurant Kitchens: Why Wellbeing Matters

As Mental Health Awareness Week approaches (13-19 May 2024) Ambassador of Women In the Food Industry and Writer, Antonia Lloyd, talks to the Women Head Chefs making waves in their restaurant kitchens and why wellbeing matters.

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09/05/2024

thefoodpeople In Conversation with Mex Ibrahim co-founder of Women in The Food Industry

The In Conversation With… podcast series by The Food People ( a global trends & ideas agency) features people, businesses, brands and entrepreneurs from across the food & drink world – finding out more about why they do what they do, their purpose, how they see the future and how, in their way, they are championing change and shifting the future of food & drink. Our co-founder Mecca Ibrahim (Mex) was delighted to feature this month to speak to Charles Banks about addressing equality within the industry and how our organisation trailblazes women in food.

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07/05/2024

The Guild of Food Writers Awards 2024 Finalists Announced : A look at the women shortlisted

The Guild of Food Writers announced the shortlists for its annual Awards for 2024, one of the longest running awards in food writing and broadcasting. The shortlists highlight emerging talents from women writers including Su Scott and Felicity Souter. Also some of the industry’s best-known food writers and broadcasters, including Xanthe Clay and Bee Wilson. Our co-founder Mecca Ibrahim is a member of The Guild of Food Writers and highlights the women finalists ahead of the awards ceremony which will take place on Wednesday 12th June 2024.

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03/05/2024

Winners of Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards 2024 – we celebrate with the women who won

The Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards are one of the most eagerly awaited dates in the culinary calendar.  Recognising excellence in food and drink writing, broadcasting and photography, for thirteen years, Fortnum and Mason are continually championing those who help others to enjoy, explore, experiment, and discover more about food and drink, through their writing, photography, and commentary.  It’s an area that women do very well in and this year was no exception.  Our co-founder Mecca Ibrahim was at The Royal Exchange for a star-studded awards ceremony on May 2nd 2024 to see the winners.

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01/05/2024

Women in The FoodTech 500: Industry Insights featured our co-founder Mex Ibrahim

The FoodTech 500, powered by Forward Fooding, is the world’s first definitive list of the global entrepreneurial talent at the intersection between food, technology and sustainability. It is also dedicated to celebrating diversity and inclusivity. Forward Fooding recently revealed that out of the 500 finalists, 138 have been founded by women. Their recent feature on The FoodTech 500 threw the spotlight on these remarkable founders and gained insights from Women in the Food Industry co-founder – Mex Ibrahim. Discover what she said and why she believes diversity is vital for the future of agrifoodtech.

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26/04/2024

Reflections on Working at Le Gavroche & The Role of the Over 50s – by Louise Monaghan

Having worked at Le Gavroche in 1990 under Albert Roux, Louise Monaghan returned last year to be part of the closing team. She has reflected on her time there and has written a piece for us at Women In The Food Industry about the contrast between her experiences in her 20’s and 50’s and the vital role that ‘seasoned individuals’, like herself, still have to play in the hospitality industry. Louise is now starting a new venture to encourage over 50’s to work in the hospitality industry. 

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14/04/2024

Listen to Sam & Shauna of Hang Fire BBQ : Podcast with Women In the Food Industry – WIFI Chats

WIFI Chats is a series of podcasts hosted by Mex Ibrahim, co-founder of ⁠Women in The Food Industry. In this episode Mex talks to the first ladies of UK BBQ – ⁠Sam & Shauna⁠ of the BBC’s Food & Farming Award winning ⁠Hang Fire BBQ⁠ & three BBC hit series ⁠Sam & Shauna’s Big Cook Out⁠ & authors of best selling cookbook – ⁠The Hang Fire Cookbook Recipes & Adventures in American BBQ⁠.

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E: mex@womeninthefoodindustry.com
M: 07766083132


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