How we're joining forces to support women in the hospitality industry.
The James Beard Foundation has supported women in culinary for the last three years through its various women’s initiatives. Women are central to the hospitality industry, and they are at the center of our organization’s efforts to build back better. With the launch of Open For Good, we are proud to partner with KitchenAid to continue supporting women in culinary, and the industry as a whole, through James Beard Foundation Mentorship presented by KitchenAid.
Through this initiative, KitchenAid will provide emerging culinary talent—especially women, with critical support, educational tools and resources they need to advance their professional careers and businesses — even in the face of a difficult recovery. Our goal is 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.
Since its founding, women have defined and shaped KitchenAid. Women named the brand, sold the products door-to-door and a woman by the name of Josephine Cochrane invented the commercial dishwasher that KitchenAid first introduced to the market. As a brand, KitchenAid exists to create possibility in the kitchen, and the professional kitchen is no exception. That is why KitchenAid is launching A Woman’s Place, a program that takes on the gender inequality issue in the culinary industry. Through this unique program, KitchenAid seeks to support and empower emerging women in culinary to bridge the gap as they strive to become leaders in the industry.
A Woman’s Place has two key components: James Beard Foundation Mentorship presented by KitchenAid and a 30-minute documentary produced by Vox Creative in partnership with KitchenAid. The film, directed by Academy Award-Winner Rayka Zehtabchi, provides a provocative and honest look at the biases and barriers women face in the culinary industry through the stories of an aspiring butcher, chef and restaurateur who are pushing for change. The full film is streaming now on Hulu.
KitchenAid invites you to show your support for women in culinary on social with #culinaryequality. Visit @KitchenAidUSA to see how KitchenAid is using #culinaryequality to highlight the stories of women in the industry who deserve more recognition.
To learn more about A Woman’s Place and KitchenAid’s efforts to create more possibilities in the kitchen and spark change in the culinary industry, visit kitchenaid.com/awomansplace.
On behalf of the James Beard Foundation, we thank KitchenAid for their support in helping launch this critical initiative. We are proud to partner with an iconic brand that has long championed women.
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