We’re passionate about food – and about celebrating and championing the millions of women who work in every part of the industry.

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This pioneering new initiative is the place for each and every woman in the food industry to tell their story, to be heard and be given equal respect. This is a place where all women in the food industry can come together to celebrate, communicate and collaborate.
None of us is stronger than all of us. Together, anything is possible.

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Friends and food lovers, Mex Ibrahim and Janie Ash. Their heartfelt desire is to nurture and support women in the food industry.
In a male-dominated industry, our purpose is to bring women to the forefront to tell their stories and to show collaboration beats competition.

We believe the culture has to change toward gender equality. We’ll do this by empowering women and shining a spotlight on the industry. It’s about creating and celebrating a network of women – the more we come together, the greater the change.

Because positive collaboration is a beautiful—and delicious—thing

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Sustainable Gastronomy Day Panel & Supper – Women In the Food Industry

We work with so many amazing women in the food industry who have sustainability at the core of their business models or have been making them as sustainable as possible and wanted to celebrate the efforts of the UN in creating Sustainable Gastronomy Day. On the evening of the 18th June 2019 you can join us for an insightful and delicious night.

Cookery School, 15 Little Portland St, Marylebone, London W1W 8BW


International Women’s Day – RSA Rawthmells Friday Conversations

At 2pm join Mecca Ibrahim FRSA, co-founder of Women in The Food Industry, to explore issues common to women working in the field of food, from professional restaurants, hospitality, food, drink, farming, food journalism and blogging, right through to food photography.

The Steps, Rawthmells Coffeehouse, RSA House, 8 John Adam Street. London. WC2N 6EZ


International Women’s Day – Pioneering Women in the Food Industry

To close our celebrations of championing women in the food industry, on International Women’s Day we will be talking to some women who are trailblazers and pioneers in their field.

We will uncover their amazing journeys and some of the issues they feel are facing women in the food industry today and whether this has changed over time.

RSA - The Royal Society of Arts, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ


Women in Food Photography

Calling all foodies, food photographers and food bloggers!

We invite you to meet & learn from phenomenal food photographer of the year, Jade Sarkhel, award winning blogger Rosana McPhee and the fun and talented @MyLegoMan in our Food Photography panel discussion and workshop.

Market Halls, 472 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1BY


Doing Good With Food

We welcome you to our panel discussion themed around Doing Good with Food, Sustainability and Food Waste. The panel with discuss food as a source for good, from a sustainability angle this means how we should try to use resources wisely, not damage the planet with how we package food and what we can do to eliminate food waste. We will also explore how working with food can educate us. 

Soane's Kitchen, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, London W5 6BE


Women in Food and Drink

We invite you to join us for a panel discussion and tasting experience ahead of International Women’s Day. A panel of leading influential women in wine, beer, whiskey & food, chaired by Andi Oliver, will discuss why drink is such an integral part of the food industry.

You will have the opportunity to ask them questions but also take part in a tasting of wine, beer & whiskey that has been expertly paired with food by plant based chef Bettina Campolucci.

Vantage Point, 2 Junction Road, London, N19 5FF


Scottish Women In Food

Scottish Women In Food – A panel discussion We invite you to join us for a panel discussion to hear first hand from some inspiring women in food who are committed to empowering others. Hosted by Fiona Richmond, we shall be discussing the broader theme of #BalanceforBetter amongst other topics ahead of International Women’s Day.

Edinburgh New Town Cookery School


How Food Changed My Life

You are invited for an afternoon of inspiring stories from a line up of empowering women in the food and drink industry. We will discuss the panellists’ amazing stories and how they were able to turn their lives around with opportunities that came their way.

We’ll also explore any particular issues our panel feel face them as women in the food industry and how they might expect or hope for those issues to change going forward.

The AllBright Collective, 11 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HR



Spotlight on Women in CODE Hospitality’s Over-50 Power List 2019

It’s the very first Over 50 Power List, put together by CODE, the leading hospitality magazine and website. Nothing beats experience they say and we agree that each new generation can learn so much from the one before.  CODE founder Adam Hyman and editor Lisa Markwell worked with judges Tracey MacLeod, Loyd Grossman, Tom Kerridge and Dylan Jones.  The list celebrates both the pioneers and unsung heroes that make the hospitality industry richly diverse and inclusive.

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Angela Hartnett and Nisha Katona share Extraordinary Places to Eat in new BBC2 show

Food lovers, there’s a new TV show coming your way which looks a treat.  Extraordinary Places to Eat, coming soon to BBC2, features Fred Sirieix as he travels around Europe with some of Britain’s top chefs including Angela Hartnett and Nisha Katona, visiting some of their favourite places to eat.

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Women in the Food Industry Review of Taste of London 2019

Posing in front of the giant letters, selfies with celebrity chefs, checking out chef demos, trying samples of  food from London’s leading restaurants, drinking gin, tasting tea, chomping cheese and eating olives in the rain, that can only be Taste of London.  Love it or hate it, our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, visited what is still London’s biggest food and drink festival and shares her thoughts & highlights of the four day festival which runs from June 19 – June 23 in Regent’s Park. 

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What we got up to at our Sustainable Gastronomy Day event

We had a wonderful evening on 18th June 2019 chatting, networking and sharing our stories about sustainability. It was great to hear your views and pretty much everyone agreed that education was crucial for change and collaboration to power the message home to government and consumers.

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Listen to Luciana Berry’s Podcast with Women In the Food Industry

We got the chance to speak to chef Luciana Berry about her experiences championing Brazilian food, cooking for Prince Edward, braving the critics and what happened after MasterChef The Professionals. Our friend James Haywood from OpenKitchen made part of our interview into a short podcast  where you can exclusively hear Luciana’s views on how she has found being a woman in the food industry.

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Eventbrite Case Study – How Women in the Food Industry Created a Culinary Community

Live experiences and events giant Eventbrite featured the growth of our community in a fabulous feature on their blog – Passion to Project – How Women In the Food  Industry Created a Culinary Community. Their writer Helen Alexander interviewed our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, about what inspired her and Janie Ash to set up Women In The Food Industry and asked for our top tips on events planning and marketing. 

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Interview with Luciana Berry – MasterChef The Professionals, Le Cordon Bleu Mentor & Private Chef

If you had just graduated from Le Cordon Bleu London do you think you would be able to face the critical eyes of MasterChef The Professionals judges Monica Galetti and Marcus Wareing, a week later? Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim,  got the chance to speak to Luciana Berry about her experiences championing Brazilian food, cooking for Prince Edward, braving the critics and what happened after MasterChef The Professionals.

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Alicia Lawson

Alicia Lawson is one of the co-owners of Rubies in the Rubble, an award-winning, sustainable food brand known for making great-tasting condiments with a conscience. She has been working at Rubies alongside the founder Jenny since 2012, when the brand was based in a tiny portacabin kitchen on London’s Spitalfields market. Alicia will be talking about sustainability on our Sustainable Gastronomy Day Panel & Supper on 18th June 2019

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Janie Ash

E: janie@womeninthefoodindustry.com
M: 07771764958


Mex Ibrahim

E: mex@womeninthefoodindustry.com
M: 07766083132

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