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James Beard Foundation Mentorship

Mentorship presented by KitchenAid is open to people from all backgrounds and aims to make mentorship accessible and visible to communities that have historically faced difficulties finding and engaging with mentors and to ensure that these professionals have the resources and support they need to thrive.

Find A Mentor

Get access to mentors on a wide array of topics.

Become A Mentor

Let us know how your expertise can help others.

How Mentorship Works

This program is designed to help culinary professionals easily find and request mentors based on skill, geographic location, or demographic. To learn more about how the process works visit our FAQ.
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How Mentorship Works

Meet the mentors

Allison Cooke

Allison Cooke

Principal and Director of Hospitality Design at CORE

“Allison is available for: Topic-specific architectural/design guidance, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions & general networking.  Allison is especially enthusiastic about mentees from all areas of the F&B industry who identify as Womxn, or anyone needing assistance on spatial challenges.”

April Anderson

April Anderson

Owner, Good Cakes and Bakes

“April is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship, topic-specific advice and guidance, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions April is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Black/African, Women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+”

Emily Rothkrug

Emily Rothkrug

Impact Programs Manager

“I’m available to answer any questions you might have about getting involved with the James Beard Foundation.”

Since its founding, women have defined and shaped KitchenAid. As a brand, KitchenAid exists to create possibility in the kitchen, and the professional kitchen is no exception. Through the mentorship program, KitchenAid seeks to support and empower emerging women in culinary to bridge the gap as they strive to become leaders in the industry.
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