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 kick start the series, our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, interviewed Amber Francis, chef consultant at The Pem Restaurant in the Conrad London Hotel in St. James’s.
We are delighted that Great British Menu (GBM) is returning to our screens on 31st January 2023 for series 18. 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. At Women in the Food Industry we will be interviewing all of the women chefs taking part.
We wanted to share a story from one of our community members which was published in our free online Winter magazine. Discover how Pauline Acheron-Pintureau founded her business in 2021 and partners with social enterprise, catering and cargo delivery companies to help achieve her mission.
A self taught cook, Mehak Kansal realised her passion for food from a young age. Raised in a family who did not know how to cook, Mehak decided that in order to eat well, she was going to have to teach herself! She therefore spent time travelling around India to learn more about its rich cuisine. Moving from a career in property development, Mehak ran supper clubs before opening a pop-up restaurant in London’s Mayfair and now has a restaurant Bindas Eatery in Westfield’s huge shopping centre in West London. We caught up with her to find out more about her story.
We are mindful that we are in the midst of a crisis. In fact there is no escaping it. But…
When our co-founder Janie Ash, who was born in Zimbabwe, learnt of this film about Anita Chitaya, from neighbouring Malawi, she was inspired to discover her food journey and the documentary film on her fight for gender equality and the challenges of climate change.
“There are so many women that are playing their part, and I am proud to work alongside them – NFU President Minette Batters, FDF Chief Executive Karen Betts, my many female ministerial colleagues. I hope that we can continue to encourage women to come forward and be part of the conversation.” Victoria Prentis
The first UK edition of Casa Brasil, a fortnight long festival will launch in London’s Covent Garden from 25th August 2022. Luciana Berry, has curated the food and drink for the event and we attended a press night to find out more.
There are so many roles in the fishing industry. It can be very rewarding but depending on the role it can sometimes cold and physically tiring too. We spoke with Katie Keay, Senior Fisheries Outreach Manager, UK & Ireland at the Marine Stewardship Council about the sustainability of the industry, its complexities and what can be done to encourage more women and young people to enter it.
It’s a great time to be working in the UK cheese industry. Cheese blogger Steph Tod speaks with some of the women in the sector to find out how they adapted their practices during the COVID-19 pandemic and what the future of the industry looks like.