On April 20, 2015 four of the most distinguished female chefs from around the world will gather in New York City to share insights on the global state of women in hospitality

(NEW YORK, NY; April 10, 2015) – Since 1993, the non-profit organization Women Chefs & Restaurateurs has worked to promote and enhance the education, advancement, and connection of women in hospitality worldwide through scholarships, mentoring opportunities, and its annual conference. Returning to New York City for the first time in over 20 years, the 2015 conference (April 18–20) will introduce a milestone with its first International Culinary Talent Talk on Monday, April 20. Taking place on stage at the Hudson Theater, the TED Talk meets poetry-slam session will serve as a platform for four successful chefs from across the globe to tell their stories, their way. Each will offer a unique perspective on the conference theme of “Taking A Bigger Bite Out Of Your Career.” The all-star line-up of speakers includes:

Rachel Pol: Chef/TV Personality (Panama)
Semsa Denizsel: Chef/Owner, Kantin Restaurant & Shop (Istanbul, Turkey)
Trine Hahnemann: Chef/Food Writer (Denmark)
Diane Kochilas: Author/Collaborating Chef, Molyvos (Greece)

The 22nd Annual Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Conference will feature three days of seminars, demos, parties, and competitions, as well as celebrate its current host city with tastings, classes, and tours that pay tribute to the Big Apple. Featured participants include luminaries such as WCR founding member Lidia Bastianich, Susan Ungaro, Missy Robbins, Dana Cowin, Alex Guarnaschelli, Donatella Arpaia, Elise Kornack, Julie Reiner, Anita Lo, Amanda Cohen, Jesse Cool, Christina Tosi, Hillary Sterling, and many more. Full conference registration, and tickets to individual events, are open to professionals and culinary enthusiasts alike and can be purchased at
In addition to the International Chef Panel, conference highlights include:

Breakout Sessions:
Modern Ingredients/Techniques/Plating with Aki Kamozawa (Ideas in Food) and Lauren Haas (Koerner and Co)
Women Behind Bars with Pamela Wiznitzer (Seamstress)
The Production Line: Women who influence trends in food manufacturing for some of the biggest businesses in the world with:
Kerry L. Heffernan, Aidells Sausage Company
Kimberly Lehouller, Nestle/Minor’s
Nell Newman, Newman’s Own Organics
Ariane Daguin, D’Artagnan
Amy Scherber, Amy’s Bread

Third Annual WCR Food Games:
A live head-to-head culinary battle emceed by WCR President Elizabeth Falkner and food personality Kelly Choi. Three teams, three celebrity chef coaches, three judges, and a bevy of incredible prizes!

Offsite Tours:
Cookie Shot Hunt with treats from Dominique Ansel at his SoHo bakery
“Spirited Journey on the L Train” with stops at Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Winery, and The Noble Experiment
Harlem Food Tour featuring stops at Red Rooster and Sylvia’s
Eataly Walking Tour with insight into its best-kept-secrets, and delicious tastes along the way such as mozzarella, pizza, olive oil, and gelato

Parties Galore:
Saturday Night “Secret Garden Party” at Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel
“Studio 54” Party at the Hudson Theater featuring bites from Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune), Sarah Simmons (Birds and Bubbles), Jennifer Yee (Lafayette), and more
“Women Who Inspire” Awards Gala emceed by Gail Simmons of Bravo’s “Top Chef” fame and Carla Hall of ABC’s “The Chew”

For more information, pricing, and to purchase tickets to attend the WCR 22nd Annual National Conference, visit Find Women Chefs & Restaurateurs on Facebook at, Twitter at, and on Instagram at Guests are encouraged to use #WCR2015 and #BiggerBite throughout the conference.

Since its founding in 1993, Women Chefs & Restaurateurs has worked to promote and enhance the education, advancement, and connection of women in the culinary industry. Originally founded by eight of the nation’s top female chefs and restaurateurs including Lidia Bastianich and Barbara Tropp, WCR has grown to over 2,000 members, with Elizabeth Falkner serving as the current president. The organization offers a variety of networking, professional, and support services including scholarship opportunities. For more information visit


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