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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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International Women’s Day 2024 Celebration of Healthy, Sustainable, and Ethical Breakfast Options

Women in the Food Industry and The Ethical Deli Market from Todelli are bringing you a sustainable and healthy breakfast club event! Enjoy a breakfast menu of healthy nibbles along with a dynamic morning discussion featuring esteemed nutritionists, chefs, and cookbook authors who bring a wealth of expertise from diverse culinary backgrounds, dietary philosophies, and cultural perspectives.

Friday, 8th March 2024

The Conduit, 6 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JA

Social Media Mix – What’s The Recipe for Success? An event for International Women’s Day 2024

Kitch and Women in the Food Industry are bringing you an inspirational panel event, pizza, & award-winning drinks in celebration of International Women’s Day! An impressive all-female panel of marketers, chefs, cook book writers and leaders discuss what social media strategies have proven successful for their hospitality, food and drink brands.

Tuesday, 5th March 2024

Divertimenti Cookery School
227-229 Brompton Road London SW3 2EP

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2024 with Reel Empowerment

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Reel Empowerment!

Join our exclusive in person workshop designed to honour and uplift women in the food industry. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we invite food producers, chefs, caterers, restaurateurs, and all food enthusiasts to participate in a dynamic Instagram Reels workshop.

Monday, 4th March 2024

SHOLA Karachi Kitchen
Unit 6 Media Works, Wood Lane, London W12 7FP

Magic Beans – Have you got your finger on the pulse? – Conversations Around The Cookery School Table

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 first event takes place on January 29th 2024 from 6pm-8.30pm and will explore the rise of British beans and pulses as an alternative protein source. Find out more and discover how to get discounted tickets.

Monday, 29th January 2024

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

Sustainability, Heritage, Equality: Panel Discussion and Ethical Holiday & Gifts Food Fair

Join us for a lively evening of thought-provoking discussions, a festive fair, and a celebration of sustainability, heritage, and equality. Our panel features five remarkable women who have made their mark in the culinary world, breaking down gender barriers and championing sustainability, mindful cooking, and food heritage.

Tuesday, 12th December 2023

The Conduit, 6 Langley St, London WC2H 9JA

Tech for Good: Green Solutions Transforming FoodTech

Our co-founder Mex Ibrahim, will be part of a panel for an upcoming SODA Social event, where we delve into how we can make a purposeful impact in the FoodTech space. We will explore cutting-edge innovations, such as autonomous robots and AI, vertical farming, food waste reduction, and resource management technologies.

Thursday, 12th October 2023

Trinnovo Group, 16 Saint John's Lane, London, EC1M 4BS

Inspiring Urban Female Food Founders

On International Women’s Day 8th March 2020 discover how women with a love of hospitality have worked in London to bring their food and drink visions into a delicious reality. On a day when the world focuses on the achievements of women, you can hear from a number of women chefs, producers, writers, supper club hosts, drinks innovators and more.

Sunday, 8th March 2020

Fourpure Brewing Co
25 Bermondsey Trading Estate
Rotherhithe New Road
London
SE16 3LL

Sustainable Food Futures

Our event on Sustainable Gastronomy Day 2019 was one of our most popular. Building on this appetite we wanted to continue the conversation around the future of sustainable food with our hosts at Cookery School. So join us on the evening of the 6th March 2020, for another insightful and delicious night.

Friday, 6th March 2020

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

News

27/02/2024

Interview with Nina Matsunaga representing North West on Great British Menu 2024 – Women In the Food Industry

Great British Menu (GBM) puts the nation’s most talented chefs to the test. At Women in the Food Industry we are continuing our series of interviews with the strong female line-up of chefs from across Britain competing to serve their dish at the final banquet. Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, interviewed Nina Matsunaga Head Chef of The Black Bull, in Sedburgh Cumbria.

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25/02/2024

Meet the Women Roux Scholarship Regional Finalists for 2024

There are three female chefs competing in the Roux Scholarship regional finals in 2024, all of whom are new to the competition. They are: Evelina Stripeikyte, Megan Montibert and Rebecca Tough. Discover more about them ahead of the regional finals.

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06/02/2024

Adejoké Bakare of Chishuru makes Michelin Star history – First black female Michelin-starred chef in the UK

Adejoké Bakare’s Michelin Star is an achievement that has made history. In a glittering awards ceremony on 5th February 2024, she became the first black woman in the UK to win a star and the second black woman in the world to win one.  Chishuru winning its first star marks Adejoké’s  journey from running a north London supper club to her West End restaurant which has helped bring West African cooking into the mainstream.

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04/02/2024

Recipes for a Better Menopause by Dr Federica Amati and Jane Baxter – Interview & Book Review

Recipes for a Better Menopause is a new book from award-winning chef, Jane Baxter working together with nutrition expert Dr Federica Amati, who is head nutritionist at ZOE.  Taking scientific research and combining with super-tasty, nourishing recipes, the two women have produced a book that will help to harness the power of food to optimise your health. Our co-founder Mecca Ibrahim spoke to Jane Baxter at the tail end of 2023 before she made an appearance on Saturday Kitchen to cook a recipe from the book.

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03/02/2024

Interview with Kate Austen representing London and South East on Great British Menu 2024 – Women In the Food Industry

Great British Menu (GBM) returned to our screens on January 23rd for season 19. At Women in the Food Industry we are continuing our series of interviews with the strong female line-up of chefs from across Britain competing to serve their dish at the final banquet. Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, interviewed Kate Austen who has worked at leading restaurants including Morston Hall, Marcus Wareing, Restaurant Frantzen and Restaurant AOC. Most recently she was part of  Gordon Ramsay’s development team and is now a private chef in London.

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27/01/2024

Interview with Louisa Ellis representing Central England on Great British Menu 2024 – Women In the Food Industry

Great British Menu (GBM) returned to our screens on January 23rd for season 19. The BBC2 show puts the nation’s most talented chefs to the test. At Women in the Food Industry we are continuing our series of interviews with the strong female line-up of chefs from across Britain competing to serve their dish at the final banquet. Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, interviewed Louisa Ellis who runs her own private dining and events business Chef Louisa Ellis.

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22/01/2024

Interview with Samira Effa representing North East on Great British Menu 2024 – Women In the Food Industry

Great British Menu (GBM) returns to our screens on January 23rd for season 19. The BBC2 show puts the nation’s most talented chefs to the test. At Women in the Food Industry we are continuing our series of interviews with the strong female line-up of chefs from across Britain competing to serve their dish at the final banquet. Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, interviewed Samira Effa, Head Chef at Grantley Hall’s pan-Asian restaurant, Bar & Restaurant EightyEight.

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16/01/2024

Great Women on Great British Menu 2024

We are delighted that Great British Menu (GBM) is returning to our screens on 23 January 2024 for series 19. The BBC Two show puts the nation’s most talented chefs to the test. It will air weekly, Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8pm on BBC Two for eight weeks.  Finals week will start on 18th March, with the banquet on 22nd March.  The theme for 2024 will be the Olympics and Paralympics with a good luck banquet for the athletes competing in Paris.

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E: mex@womeninthefoodindustry.com
M: 07766083132


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