CODE Hospitality Industry’s 100 Influential Women 2020 features WiFi Supporters

For the last three years CODE, the leading hospitality magazine and website. have published a list that honours women who “genuinely affect change in the hospitality industry.” We are delighted that so many supporters of Women In the Food Industry (WiFi) feature in 2020’s list of amazing women. The list recognises chefs, operators, front of house, broadcasters, producers, writers, drinks, PR’s, leaders, communications experts and for the first time – a hall of fame.

The list was put together by CODE’s Editor  Lisa Markwell and founder Adam Hyman along with judging panel Claire Koffmann, Hels Cheung, Jason Atherton  and Clerkenwell Boy.

Chantelle Nicholson of Tredwells, an early supporter of WiFi, (and our current cover girl!) featured in the list for her work in making Tredwells a sustainable restaurant and being a founder member of the Chefs’ Manifesto which is working to address current issues with our food systems.

We were also delighted to see Shauna Froydenlund as a new entry to the list. Shauna has worked with Marcus Wareing for more than ten years and is now joint chef patron of Michelin-starred Marcus.  She’ll soon be on Great British Menu representing Northern Ireland.  Look out for our interview with her on this experience.

Asma Khan, Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Mary-Ellen McTague and new entries Elizabeth Haigh and Sally Abé are other WiFi supporters in the operators and chefs sections.

It was great to see Nokx Majozi Sous Chef of the Holborn Dining Room as a new entry in the Chefs section. We interviewed Nokx last year about her inspirations, how professional kitchens are changing for the better since she has been working in London and what it’s like working with Executive Chef Calum Franklin.

Amongst the management section the list features Joycelyn Neve Founder and Managing Director of The Seafood Pub Company. Joycelyn was on the panel of our Inspiring Women in Food  event with Marketing Lancashire and Lancaster University earlier this year. She formed the business in 2010 which reflects a passion for the highest quality food and relaxed service.

At the event, she shared her inspirational story about moving from one venue to ten as she built The Seafood Pub Company, without losing the integrity of excellence  and she explained the ethos of family was at the ‘heart of our business’.

Our friends Victoria Stewart and Dr Anna Sulan Masing who were on our Politics of Food panel & debate at City Hall, moved from last year’s “Special Mentions” to the main listing of influential women.

Food journalist Victoria Stewart was highlighted in the support are of the list for her work founding Hospitality Speaks , an online initiative which drives conversations about industry culture. Whilst writer, academic & trends forecaster Anna Sulan Masing, was recognised for the work she carries out with Miranda York as co-creator of Voices at The Table. This event series and fortnightly food podcast helps listeners look at food from a fresh perspective.

In this year’s “Ones to Watch” were three supporters of Women In the Food Industry who we have found hugely inspiring.

Stosie Madi is Chef Patron of award winning rural inn, Parkers Arms. She was also at our event  at Lancaster University earlier this year where she shared her story and secrets for success. It was pertinent that this was hot on the heels of her position of being announced one of the Top 50 Gastropubs in the country and rising to number 7 in the listing.  You can find out more about Stosie Madi in our podcast.

Speaking of podcasts, our friend Abby Rose is the Co-Founder and producer of podcast Farmerama Radio. As one third of Farmerama, Abby helps  to give a voice to the regenerative farmers building our food and ecosystem from the ground up.  Additionally Abby is the CEO and co-founder of Soilmentor, an app that helps farmers monitor and understand soil health and biodiversity on their farm.

Continuing with the farming theme, we were delighted to see that our friend and supporter Jess Latchford  Founder of Waste Knot was also featured in the Ones to Watch section. Jess spoke at our Future of The Food and Farming Industry event at the RSA during our week of celebrations for International Women’s Day.

With over 10 years’ experience in the fresh produce industry, supplying directly into all types of catering outlets Jess works closely with farmers all over the UK to help reduce the colossal amount of produce being cast aside for the sake of aesthetics alone. Her company Waste Knot supplies food service organisations and gives new life to vegetables and fruit which would have normally been discarded for cosmetic reasons.

The new Hall of Fame featured the broadcaster Sheila Dillon, Presenter of Radio 4’s The Food Programme – who was an early follower of our efforts at Women In the Food Industry.

Congratulations to all of the women who made the list.

You can view the full top 100 here.

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