Women Leaders in Food, Fine Beverage and Hospitality

An affiliate chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International

Welcome to the London Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International

LDE London (Les Dames d’Escoffier London) is a dynamic group of forward-thinking and successful female leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. Located in the best city in the world, LDE London is a chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), a non-profit organisation which supports its communities through grants, scholarships and mentorship.

Visit our events page to learn about our events, which are open to members and many also to the general public.


We are founded on the principle of creating a supportive culture within our community through:

  • Sharing knowledge
  • Supporting our members
  • Providing leadership, educational opportunities and philanthropic events for the community at large

Letter from the President

Hello and welcome to LDE London.

For those visiting us for the first time, we hope you gain an insight into our Chapter, affiliated with the larger organisation, Les Dames d’Escoffier International.

Please take time to see what we do, get to know our membership here and consider how you can be involved in our welcoming community. We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at one of our events!

Member Recruitment event*

*this event is for members and guests only

Tuesday, April 23rd at 18:30 to 20:30.

The Devereux – 20 Devereux Court, Temple WC2R 3JJ

We think it’s time to grow our Chapter, so we’re holding a Prospective New Members’ evening on 23 April 2024.

We’re looking for more like-minded women in food, drink and hospitality join us, so do have a think about friends, acquaintances, colleagues who may be interested and could bring their enthusiasm, expertise and knowledge to the Chapter.

We’re asking for current members to invite suitable, well-qualified potential new members who have an interest in joining the chapter.

All will promised a warm welcome and lots of information about the professional and personal benefits of being a member of LDE London.

There is no charge for the event, but space is limited so members wishing to attend and bring a guest are asked to please RSVP so that we can track the numbers.

International Women’s Day 2024 – read our report here in Past Events

Risotto Primavera

Dame Catherine Sloman shares this seasonal recipe.

Risotto primavera is a classic Italian dish, using any seasonal spring vegetables. I love it with locally grown asparagus – it’s a short season, so now’s the time to make the most of it.

If you want to keep this for plant-based, use a vegan Parmesan.

Asparagus and Hollandaise Tart


This is a lovely delicate tart, making the most of our short UK asparagus season.

Asparagus and hollandaise work so well together and this tart is deliciously luxurious.

Dame Catherine Sloman

Perfect with a green salad.

Food Futures

Here at LDE London, our mission is to advance and support aspiring professional women in food and beverage and we are founded on the principle of creating a supportive culture within our community through sharing knowledge; supporting our members and providing leadership, educational opportunities, and philanthropic events for the community at large.

Dames News

Huge congratulations to Dame Barbara Segall, who has been awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award 2023 at the Garden Media Guild Page Awards!

We always welcome donations

Donations go towards our beneficiaries – these range from food charities to educational funds for women entering the worlds of culinary arts, fine beverage or hospitality.