Imagine working side by side with award winning masters in Vancouver’s dynamic catering scene, or during harvest at one of California’s oldest and best known family-owned wineries.

Learn from a nationally prominent artisanal cheese producer in Dallas, a leading specialty produce grower and a dynamic vintner on the North Fork of Long Island or a nationally acclaimed pastry chef and television personality in a rural location outside of Chicago!

This year, six Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) Legacy Awards will be given in three categories, each offered by a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier: Culinary, one hosted by Margaret Chisholm, Executive Chef, Culinary Capers Catering in Vancouver, British Columbia;  and another by Executive Chef/Partner of Tru Restaurant, Pastry Chef Gale Gand on Elawa Farm near Chicago; two Wine awards with Carolyn Wente, CEO of Wente Family Estates in Livermore, California; and one Entrepreneurship – Specialty Foods with Paula Lambert, Founder/President of The Mozzarella Cheese Company in Dallas, and one Entrepreneurship – Farm-to-Table with Ursula Massoud, owner of Paumanok Vineyards and Paulette Satur, owner of Satur Farms on Long Island, New York’s North Fork.

Established in 2009, each Legacy Award offers a one week workplace experience to non-Dame women in the USA and Canada.

Candidates must have at least four years of professional experience and be working currently in the food or fine beverage industries.

Under the direction of extremely successful, award-winning Dames, each Legacy experience is a high energy, labor intensive, and career expanding opportunity.

The award program doubled in size in 2012 thanks to a generous donation from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts,, which was created by Julia in 1995 for the purpose of supporting 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

Dame Susy Davidson, who works with the Foundation, expressed that this grant was in “perfect alignment with the Foundation’s goal to further Julia’s passion for gastronomy and the culinary arts, her far-reaching impact as a teacher and mentor, and her lifelong love of learning. She was a mentor to so many women in the culinary world and had great affection for Les Dames d’Escoffier as an organization.”

Travel and hotel expenses up to $2,000 will be reimbursed for each winner. Applications must be submitted by April 25, 2012. The fourth annual Les Dames d’Escoffier International Legacy Awards will be announced on May 25 and must be fulfilled by October 7, 2012.  For an application, log onto and click on 2012 Legacy Awards. 

Further information is available from the Legacy Awards Co-Chairs, Dames Marsha Palanci or Toria Emas

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