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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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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

Lancaster University

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

Equality in the Hospitality Industry & WiFi (Women In the Food Industry) Networking

An evening to discuss equality within the food industry and why it is still such a hot topic even in the 21st century. We’ll discuss the moves that many restaurants and organisations are making to ensure parity with the hospitality industry and what we can all do to make working in the food industry a more balanced place in terms of gender.

Friday, 27th September 2019

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

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.

Tuesday, 18th June 2019

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.

Friday, 8th March 2019

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.

Friday, 8th March 2019

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.

Thursday, 7th March 2019

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. 

Wednesday, 6th March 2019

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



Spotlight on Female Head Chefs in Top 50 Gastropubs of 2020

Hundreds of votes from gastropub chefs, food writers, pub-guide editors, top pub industry suppliers and critics were counted to reveal the country’s best gastropubs across the country. This year’s Estrella Damm List of Top 50 Gastropubs shows a number of inspiring women running award-winning pub kitchens including the pub which reached the top spot – The Harwood Arms.

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Lancashire Food Producers Fair

Meet and chat with our Lancashire Producers at our Pop Up Food Fair from 12 – 3pm on 30th January 2020 at Lancaster University’s Marketplace where you can sample and buy their amazing local produce.

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Rachel Trenchard

From the micro-distillery at the base of Beacon Fell, in the Forest of Bowland AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Rachel has helped shape Goosnargh Gin from a fledgling firm in a highly competitive market, to standing out as international and regional award winners.

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Emma Mayoh

Emma Mayoh, Lancashire Life’s Food and Drink Editor and the title’s Deputy Editor, has been writing about the county’s thriving dining scene for more than a decade, combining her love of sharing people’s stories with shining a light on the stars, unsung heroes and growing talents of the industry.

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Ros Wilkinson

Head of Hospitality for Lancaster University, Ros Wilkinson is a highly experienced Hospitality, Tourism & Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) tourism segment professional with experience in the Leisure Industry and Higher Education sector. Join Ros, with 5 other women in the food industry,  where you will hear her story at our panel discussion “Inspiring Women in Food” at our Lancashire Female Food Entrepreneurs event on January 30th

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Joycelyn Neve

Joycelyn Neve, founder and Managing Director of Seafood Pub Company, formed the business in 2010, combining her family heritage in the Lancashire fishing industry with a passion for the highest quality food and relaxed service.

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Camilla Ainsworth

Camilla was the youngest finalist in the history of the BBC Apprentice series, narrowly missing out in the final. Whilst Lord Sugar didn’t choose her, the CEO of Holland & Barrett was suitably impressed with her vegan nut milk M+LKPLUS and she went ahead to launch the dairy alternative into 645 of their stores where both flavours continue to sell out.

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Interview with Stephanie Wood Founder of School Food Matters

School Food Matters’ mission is to ensure that every child enjoys fresh sustainable food at school and understands where their food comes from.  Their founder and MD Stephanie Wood works with parents, children and schools to help to improve school meals and support food education through cooking, growing and visits to farms. We caught up with Stephanie to discover how she set up the initiative and explore what motivates and inspires her work and how we can help the organisation with their efforts.

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Janie Ash

E: janie@womeninthefoodindustry.com
M: 07771764958


Mex Ibrahim

E: mex@womeninthefoodindustry.com
M: 07766083132

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