Our mission is to empower women, shine a spotlight on what they are doing for the industry and build a community of women who give each other support, confidence and strength.
In order to achieve our purpose, we believe telling women’s stories of how and why they work in the food industry gives confidence to all women, because you can’t be what you can’t see.
By following all these avenues we hope to achieve the following:
• Increase the awareness of what women do in food
• Show the wide range of roles and opportunities for women
• Connect women across the food sectors for conversation and support
• Be a resource and a place where women in food can get the help they need
We do all of this because we want to see a world in which the food industry treats women as equal, champions inclusion and diversity and actively supports young women to fulfil their dreams and ambitions to work in food.
Our team is made up of friends and food lovers, Janie Ash, Mex Ibrahim and Lynda Caine and our Ambassadors Irini Tzortzoglou, Antonia Lloyd, Shelley Sofier and Emma White. We all share the heart-felt belief that positive collaboration is a beautiful—and delicious—thing.
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WIFI CHATS SEPTEMBER 2021
WIFI Chats are our new, regular networking events for women to meet, chat and exchange stories. They’ll take place once…
Thursday, 9th September 2021
WIFI CHATS JULY 2021
WIFI Chats are our new, regular networking events for women to meet, chat and exchange stories. They’ll take place once a month, starting on the 29th July. They’re totally FREE and some will be themed but as this is the first, we’re keeping it general.
Thursday, 29th July 2021
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
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
Women in FoodTech : Future of Food Meetup for International Women’s Day
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women in the Food Industry and Forward Fooding are bringing you a new panel talk, Women in FoodTech. On the evening of 3rd March 2020 you’ll hear from an inspiring all female panel who will share their journeys, experiences and advice to give a great insight on what it means to be a woman in FoodTech.
Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
Huckletree West - Food Innovation Hub
The MediaWorks, White City Place,
191 Wood Lane,
Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 7TP
Gender Equality : The Future of the Food & Farming Industry
Join us at the Royal Society of Arts to discuss gender-specific barriers in the food and farming industry. When world is focusing on the contribution of women for International Women’s Day on March 8th and its theme of #EachForEqual, what can we do to help make the food & farming industry more equal for the whole year?
Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
The Steps, Rawthmells, RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ
Lancashire Female Food Entrepreneurs
We are delighted to announce that Women in the Food Industry’s first Northern event will be hosted by Lancaster University. Lancaster excels at understanding and teaching entrepreneurship and is currently ranked 4th out of 50 MBA programmes across the world for entrepreneurship.
Thursday, 30th January 2020
The Politics of Food
As the December elections are currently front of mind, we’re holding an event at City Hall on the evening of 16th December on the politics of food. Our panel of women will cover subjects such as food poverty, slave-free food, food waste, gender politics in professional kitchens, sustainability and more.
Monday, 16th December 2019
City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, More London, London, SE1 2AA
Meet the Superwomen Head Chefs at the top of the Clink
Women in the Food Industry Ambassador, Antonia Lloyd, talks to the exceptional women Head Chefs transforming prisoners’ lives.
Top of the plants on Great British Menu
Women in the Food Industry ambassador and Great British Menu Series Editor, Antonia Lloyd, tells us about how the chefs rose to the challenge of the brand new plant-based starter on GBM.
Interview with Marianne Lumb representing Central region on Great British Menu 2023 – Women In the Food Industry
At Women in the Food Industry we are interviewing the strong female line-up of chefs from across Britain competing in Great British Menu serve their dish at the final banquet. To continue our series, our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, interviewed chef and restaurateur Marianne Lumb who is representing the central region.
Interview with Gemma Austin representing Northern Ireland on Great British Menu 2023 – Women In the Food Industry
At Women in the Food Industry we are interviewing the strong female line-up of chefs on Great British Menu from across Britain competing to serve their dish at the final banquet. To continue our series, our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, interviewed Gemma Austin chef patron of A Peculiar Tea, in Belfast.
Interview with Kerry Roper representing Northern Ireland on Great British Menu 2023 – Women In the Food Industry
At Women in the Food Industry we are interviewing the strong female line-up of chefs taking part in Great British Menu and competing to serve their dish at the final banquet. Continuing our series, our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, interviewed Kerry Roper, Head Chef and Development chef at Stix & Stones in Belfast, who is representing Northern Ireland.
International Women’s Day: An exploration into gender imbalance in the restaurant industry
Hospitality is a huge industry with over 2.4 million employees, which suggests that there is room for all to pursue a career within it. However, evidence like the gender pay gap and the lack of women running restaurants, bars, hotels, and other hospitality environments tells a different story. Here, catering equipment and supplies providers Mitchell & Cooper share some insight into the problem and speak to women who work in the industry to get their perspectives.
Roux Scholarship sees the most female chefs ever among its 2023 regional finalists
This year’s message from the Roux Scholarship competition was clear from the start: they needed more women to enter to make sure to get more female finalists through the blind-judged first round. Following a Round Table discussion in October, which resulted in the publication of a White Paper addressing the challenges faced by female chefs working in the UK hospitality industry, the Roux Scholarship was ready to welcome them with open arms. The result? Four female chefs qualifying for the regional finals. We meet them ahead of the regional finals on March 9th.
Interview with Caroline Martins representing the North West region on Great British Menu 2023 – Women In the Food Industry
At Women in the Food Industry we are interviewing the strong female line-up of chefs from across Britain competing to serve their dish at the final banquet of Great British Menu. To continue the series, our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, interviewed Caroline Martins, who runs her pop-up Sao Paulo Project showcasing fine dining Brazilian/British fusion cuisine. She also owns a more casual concept: SAMPA.
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