Women in Food to Know Right Now
Sunday, we attended a day-long series of panel discussions and speeches by some big female names in the food world, an event otherwise known as the Jubilee. It was “a celebration of women in the world of food,” and the first event of its kind, organized by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, the duo behind Cherry Bombe magazine. And it was a massive success, in part because of the inspiring energy in the room and in part because of the roster of speakers and panelists. It was like a who’s who of women in America’s food world today.
Wait: that’s exactly what it was like!
Herewith, the women who spoke at the Jubilee series, a.k.a. the Women in Food to Know Right Now. It’s not all of them, of course, but it’s a good start for informing those of you who want to know a little more about what the ladies are doing, or who want to see those ladies highlighted more.
Jeni Britton Bauer: Owner of impossibly good Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Author of New York Times best-selling “Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home.” Stumbled into making ice cream after a successful experiment at a dinner party she gave when she was 22 (she really wanted to be a perfumer).
Photo credit: Melanie Dunea
April Bloomfield: England-born chef (pictured, above) of New York’s The Spotted Pig, the Breslin, and the John Dory Oyster bar as well as the recently opened (or re-opened) Tosca in San Francisco. Author of A Girl and Her Pig. Happy to mentor hard-working young chefs with drive, and does so constantly.
Katie Button: Chef/owner of Cúrate in Asheville, North Carolina, who left her degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering in the dust when she won a coveted stage at El Bulli. Mentee of Jose Andres. Doesn’t like the word “lucky” to enter conversations about women with successful culinary careers.
Amanda Cohen: Chef and owner of Dirt Candy, a vegetarian restaurant in New York City, and author of a cookbook of the same name.
Laurie David: Environmental activist who produced the Academy Award-winning “An Inconvenient Truth.” Her next film, “Fed Up,” about sugar addiction in America, opens May 9 this year.
Charlotte Druckman: Senior editor at Medium. Food writer who authored SKIRT STEAK: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat & Staying in the Kitchen. Woman behind Food52’s Piglet cookbook competition.
Photo credit: William Norton