To our supporters: Les Dames B.C. Thanks you!

All of you who help support student scholarships are special people! We are happy to report that our number of scholarship applicants is expanding each year. Choosing among them is becoming increasingly difficult, as there are always some very strong candidates.

Each year, however, your generosity allows several fine young women to further their training. We believe your help also fosters the growth of new ideas for our professions as scholarship winners pursue their particular dreams in the fields of food, beverage, and the arts of the table.

While the initial chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier was founded in New York in 1976, it has now expanded to several major cities in North America and around the world. We thank each of you for supporting the endeavors of the Les Dames d’Escoffier, British Columbia Chapter.

By working together we strive to make a difference – not only to individual lives, but also to our respective professions.

The BC Chapter Scholarship Committee of Les Dames d’Escoffier International is an administrative body that annually awards scholarships to women desiring to establish or further a career in the fields of food, wine, hospitality, nutrition, food technology, the arts of the table and other fields as they relate to these disciplines.

SCHOLARSHIPS 2016

Read our news post about this years Scholarships

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Kari Chellouf

Kari's mission is to impact how we look at food, by opening up conversations about digestive disorders, mental health in kitchens, encouraging body positivity, and teaching people how to cook. She grew up in restaurants and now studies at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition, delving into the science and psychology of how our relationships with food and the environment affect us on every level. Her education, writing savvy, culinary background, and sense of humour will aid this goal of helping others balance their wellness and discover their courage through writing, videos, workshops, dinner parties, and retreats.Read More

Kari’s mission is to impact how we look at food, by opening up conversations about digestive disorders, mental health in kitchens, encouraging body positivity, and teaching people how to cook.

She grew up in restaurants and now studies at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition, delving into the science and psychology of how our relationships with food and the environment affect us on every level.

Her education, writing savvy, culinary background, and sense of humour will aid this goal of helping others balance their wellness and discover their courage through writing, videos, workshops, dinner parties, and retreats.

Monique Cheung

Monique will be taking her WSET 2 at PICA.Read More

Monique will be taking her WSET 2 at PICA.

Erin Cronie

Erin is from Naramata BC. Erin’s family is very involved in all aspects of the BC wine industry. She is a manager at her mother’s wine bar, Mile Zero Wine Bar in Penticton BC and helps with sales at her father’s winery supplies company, Cronie Winery Supplies. Her family fuels her drive to succeed in the BC wine industry as well as her love for wine. Wine is so complex and ever changing that I will continue to learn something new everyday. She will be taking WSET 2 at Wine Plus with Rhys Pender.Read More

Erin is from Naramata BC. Erin’s family is very involved in all aspects of the BC wine industry. She is a manager at her mother’s wine bar, Mile Zero Wine Bar in Penticton BC and helps with sales at her father’s winery supplies company, Cronie Winery Supplies. Her family fuels her drive to succeed in the BC wine industry as well as her love for wine. Wine is so complex and ever changing that I will continue to learn something new everyday. She will be taking WSET 2 at Wine Plus with Rhys Pender.

Joanne DiGeso

Joanne will be doing her Level 4 WSET Diploma at the Art InstituteRead More

Joanne will be doing her Level 4 WSET Diploma at the Art Institute

Donita Dyer

Donita is an optimistic, happy person who enjoys life, business, and wine (and everything in between). Her dreams are her goals which fuels her everyday.  She is inspired by women everywhere who are driven to succeed and will be taking a Champagne master class at the French Wine Guild.Read More

Donita is an optimistic, happy person who enjoys life, business, and wine (and everything in between). Her dreams are her goals which fuels her everyday.  She is inspired by women everywhere who are driven to succeed and will be taking a Champagne master class at the French Wine Guild.

Lori Dean Dymant

Lori Dean will be taking the pastry program at Vancouver Pastry Training Centre.Read More

Lori Dean will be taking the pastry program at Vancouver Pastry Training Centre.

Elyse Guizetti

Elyse is a recent graduate of the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver and holds a bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences. To her, cooking a meal for someone is like inviting them to embark on a journey with her through the ever-intertwining roots of food. Each bite is not merely a bite, but a story — of how and by whom the food was grown, where it came from, how and by whom it was prepared. She has relished every opportunity she has had to explore this idea more deeply and likes to think that her journey as a culinary storyteller has only just begun. Thanks to her scholarship from Les Dames d'Escoffier, she is excited to delve into the story told by a perfectly crisp crust and textured crumb through the Artisanal Bread Baking program at the Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver.…Read More

Elyse is a recent graduate of the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver and holds a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences. To her, cooking a meal for someone is like inviting them to embark on a journey with her through the ever-intertwining roots of food. Each bite is not merely a bite, but a story — of how and by whom the food was grown, where it came from, how and by whom it was prepared.

She has relished every opportunity she has had to explore this idea more deeply and likes to think that her journey as a culinary storyteller has only just begun. Thanks to her scholarship from Les Dames d’Escoffier, she is excited to delve into the story told by a perfectly crisp crust and textured crumb through the Artisanal Bread Baking program at the Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver.

Betty Hung

Betty is a self-taught baker and blogger. Her passion of baking started when she was a child, exploring ways to make the perfect sponge cake. While studying graphic design, she wrote, photographed, and designed a cookbook for a course project. As a sequel to the project, she created her baking blog Yummy Workshop in 2011. She loves experimenting with recipes and sharing them with like-minded baking enthusiasts. Though she liked graphic design, her passion to bake called her. Without formal pastry training, she took up an internship offer at a then start-up French bakery where she set off her second career as a pastry cook. She realized it was her dream to open a bakery to call her own someday. Betty will be taking the chocolate course at Vancouver pastry Training CentreRead More

Betty is a self-taught baker and blogger. Her passion of baking started when she was a child, exploring ways to make the perfect sponge cake. While studying graphic design, she wrote, photographed, and designed a cookbook for a course project. As a sequel to the project, she created her baking blog Yummy Workshop in 2011. She loves experimenting with recipes and sharing them with like-minded baking enthusiasts. Though she liked graphic design, her passion to bake called her. Without formal pastry training, she took up an internship offer at a then start-up French bakery where she set off her second career as a pastry cook. She realized it was her dream to open a bakery to call her own someday. Betty will be taking the chocolate course at Vancouver pastry Training Centre

Kelsey Jacobsen

Kelsey Jacobson is a food and beverage enthusiast living on Commercial Drive. She works as a server at Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana as well as the new Nightingale Restaurant. After receiving a scholarship from les Dames in 2015, she began her journey into wine and spirit education. She plans to use her 2016 scholarship towards her Level 3 WSET and further improve her understanding of wine and spirits.Read More

Kelsey Jacobson is a food and beverage enthusiast living on Commercial Drive. She works as a server at Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana as well as the new Nightingale Restaurant. After receiving a scholarship from les Dames in 2015, she began her journey into wine and spirit education. She plans to use her 2016 scholarship towards her Level 3 WSET and further improve her understanding of wine and spirits.

Andrea Jones

Andrea will be taking the chocolate program at Vancouver Pastry Training Centre.Read More

Andrea will be taking the chocolate program at Vancouver Pastry Training Centre.

Cheryl Kempannian

Cheryl’s journey has taken her to and from many cities, countries, and lifestyles. It was during her travels she discovered a love of eating and great respect for food. She now lives the far northern tip of BC where she cooks in remote locations and studies holistic nutrition. We are what we eat, and she is on a mission to help others be their most unique and brilliant selves through the food we eat. Cheryl is currently attending the Edison Institute of Nutrition.Read More

Cheryl’s journey has taken her to and from many cities, countries, and lifestyles. It was during her travels she discovered a love of eating and great respect for food. She now lives the far northern tip of BC where she cooks in remote locations and studies holistic nutrition. We are what we eat, and she is on a mission to help others be their most unique and brilliant selves through the food we eat. Cheryl is currently attending the Edison Institute of Nutrition.

Kristen Kim

Kristen will be taking the chocolate program at Vancouver Pastry Training Centre.Read More

Kristen will be taking the chocolate program at Vancouver Pastry Training Centre.

Erin Korpisto

Erin is doing her Wine Business Management Certificate at Sonoma State University.Read More

Erin is doing her Wine Business Management Certificate at Sonoma State University.

Rebecca Krulick

Rebecca Krulick has an undeniable passion for the food industry, and realized at a young age that no path in life would make her happier than pursuing a career in it. She is attending her dream school, PICA, for the dual diploma program that would allow her to master her love of both culinary and pastry. She recently earned her diploma in culinary arts, receiving “the finish touch award” for attention to detail and innovative plating. She would like to thank the women at Les Dames d’Escoffier for this opportunity, which will allow her to continue to work tirelessly towards becoming as successful as she possibly can in her studies, and later in the industry. She will be using her scholarship towards the pastry part of her program at PICA.Read More

Rebecca Krulick has an undeniable passion for the food industry, and realized at a young age that no path in life would make her happier than pursuing a career in it. She is attending her dream school, PICA, for the dual diploma program that would allow her to master her love of both culinary and pastry. She recently earned her diploma in culinary arts, receiving “the finish touch award” for attention to detail and innovative plating. She would like to thank the women at Les Dames d’Escoffier for this opportunity, which will allow her to continue to work tirelessly towards becoming as successful as she possibly can in her studies, and later in the industry. She will be using her scholarship towards the pastry part of her program at PICA.

Jasmine Lukuku

Jasmine Lukuku is a graduate of Ecole Chocolat's Professional Chocolatier program and an aspiring chocolate educator. She founded ChocolateCodex.com to share her enthusiasm for craft chocolate. Jasmine can also be found sharing her recipes and food photography on TheBlenderist.com. Jasmine will be attending a Chocolate masters program in Ecuador through Ecole Chocolat.Read More

Jasmine Lukuku is a graduate of Ecole Chocolat’s Professional Chocolatier program and an aspiring chocolate educator. She founded ChocolateCodex.com to share her enthusiasm for craft chocolate. Jasmine can also be found sharing her recipes and food photography on TheBlenderist.com. Jasmine will be attending a Chocolate masters program in Ecuador through Ecole Chocolat.

Katie Macbeth

Katie is a graduate of the Culinary Program at VCC and is currently an apprentice at RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna. She recently competed in and WON 1ST PLACE the provincial Jr. Chef Competition in Vancouver and will next represent BC in the National Competition in Ontario on May 17. She is very excited to pursue my wine education at Fine Vintage Ltd with her WSET 1.Read More

Katie is a graduate of the Culinary Program at VCC and is currently an apprentice at RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna. She recently competed in and WON 1ST PLACE the provincial Jr. Chef Competition in Vancouver and will next represent BC in the National Competition in Ontario on May 17. She is very excited to pursue my wine education at Fine Vintage Ltd with her WSET 1.

Sarah Maw

Sarah|  Maw |Sarah Maw is a recent Culinary Management graduate from Okanagan College. Striving for her Red Seal, she is apprenticing under Chef Iain Rennie at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna BC. Sarah has participated in many competitions from Skills Canada to the Okanagan Young Chefs Competition in 2015. She placed 1st in the Young Chefs Competition and continues to strive to compete in various competitions this year. Sarah is an active member of the Okanagan Junior Chefs Association and loves volunteering for and creating new and exciting projects to boost her communities culinary capabilities. Sarah will be taking the bread program at Vancouver Pastry Training Centre.Read More

Sarah|  Maw |Sarah Maw is a recent Culinary Management graduate from Okanagan College. Striving for her Red Seal, she is apprenticing under Chef Iain Rennie at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna BC. Sarah has participated in many competitions from Skills Canada to the Okanagan Young Chefs Competition in 2015. She placed 1st in the Young Chefs Competition and continues to strive to compete in various competitions this year.

Sarah is an active member of the Okanagan Junior Chefs Association and loves volunteering for and creating new and exciting projects to boost her communities culinary capabilities. Sarah will be taking the bread program at Vancouver Pastry Training Centre.

Jessica Relos

Jessica will be taking the chocolate program at the Vancouver Pastry Training Centre.Read More

Jessica will be taking the chocolate program at the Vancouver Pastry Training Centre.

Anna Romeyn

Anna received the John Bishop scholarship and will be putting the funds towards her Master of Tourism Management at Royal Roads University.Read More

Anna received the John Bishop scholarship and will be putting the funds towards her Master of Tourism Management at Royal Roads University.

Lisa Rose

Lisa happened into this industry by helping out a friend. It turned out to be one of the best things that has happened to her. She is a host, server, seller of food and wine, creator of experiences, builder of relationships, student and at times a mind reader! Lisa will be taking her WSET 3 at PICA.Read More

Lisa happened into this industry by helping out a friend. It turned out to be

one of the best things that has happened to her. She is a host, server, seller of food and wine, creator of experiences, builder of relationships, student and at times a mind reader! Lisa will be taking her WSET 3 at PICA.

Dawn Schulz

Dawn Schulz Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Dawn moved to BC in 2004. Working in the food and beverage industry on Vancouver Island for 6 years, Dawn then took the leap to big city of Vancouver. From professional sake making to fine dining, Dawn strives to provide excellence to all her guests and ensure to share the knowledge with her colleagues. She currently resides at West Restaurant as Assistant Wine Director. With this scholarship, Dawn is looking forward to attending the French Wine Scholars program and to continue WSET Level 4 studies at the Art Institute of Vancouver. Her long term goals are to become a wine educator and help others understand their own passion of wine.Read More

Dawn Schulz Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Dawn moved to BC in 2004. Working in the food and beverage industry on Vancouver Island for 6 years, Dawn then took the leap to big city of Vancouver. From professional sake making to fine dining, Dawn strives to provide excellence to all her guests and ensure to share the knowledge with her colleagues. She currently resides at West Restaurant as Assistant Wine Director. With this scholarship, Dawn is looking forward to attending the French Wine Scholars program and to continue WSET Level 4 studies at the Art Institute of Vancouver. Her long term goals are to become a wine educator and help others understand their own passion of wine.

Behnaz Shafiee-Panah

After attending Law school and getting a Criminology degree, she realized cooking is more than a hobby to her so she enrolled in Culinary and Pastry arts at Vancouver Community College and soon after started working in some of the most reputable restaurants and catering companies in Vancouver. She is currently working at Savoury Chef Foods and has started her small cake decorating business, Joconde Patisserie (take a look at her instagram account!). Learning new techniques, specially in pastry arts is what drives her. As a feminist she is hoping to see equal opportunities created for women in the industry, a goal that Les Dames d’Escoffier helps achieve. She will be taking a cake course at the Peggy Porschen academy in London.Read More

After attending Law school and getting a Criminology degree, she realized cooking is more than a hobby to her so she enrolled in Culinary and Pastry arts at Vancouver Community College and soon after started working in some of the most reputable restaurants and catering companies in Vancouver. She is currently working at Savoury Chef Foods and has started her small cake decorating business, Joconde Patisserie (take a look at her instagram account!). Learning new techniques, specially in pastry arts is what drives her. As a feminist she is hoping to see equal opportunities created for women in the industry, a goal that Les Dames d’Escoffier helps achieve. She will be taking a cake course at the Peggy Porschen academy in London.

Kathleen Sinclair

Born on Salt Spring Island to a mother passionate about food and wine, Kathleen’s professional journey has taken her to the vineyards and wineries of B.C. and Italy. Along the way she has studied at the University of Dalhousie and the University of Havana. She has planted trees on exposed mountainsides and helped butcher pigs in the Tuscan countryside. Her scholarship will help her continue her journey with a WSET Level 3 certification.Read More

Born on Salt Spring Island to a mother passionate about food and wine, Kathleen’s professional journey has taken her to the vineyards and wineries of B.C. and Italy. Along the way she has studied at the University of Dalhousie and the University of Havana. She has planted trees on exposed mountainsides and helped butcher pigs in the Tuscan countryside. Her scholarship will help her continue her journey with a WSET Level 3 certification.

Jessica Somers

Jessica’s culinary adventure began at an early age while visiting local farms with my family in Nova Scotia. After a few years working in maritime kitchens and completing Dalhousie Universities Business Management Certificate, life brought her to Vancouver Island where her interest and passion in food and cooking turned into a culinary apprenticeship. She’s currently enrolled at North Island College where she will write My Red Seal exam this June 2016, she’s also an an active member of the North Vancouver Island Chefs Association, and a very proud apprentice of Chef Ronald St. Pierre at Locals Restaurant in Courtenay.Read More

Jessica’s culinary adventure began at an early age while visiting local farms with my family in Nova Scotia. After a few years working in maritime kitchens and completing Dalhousie Universities Business Management Certificate, life brought her to Vancouver Island where her interest and passion in food and cooking turned into a culinary apprenticeship. She’s currently enrolled at North Island College where she will write My Red Seal exam this June 2016, she’s also an an active member of the North Vancouver Island Chefs Association, and a very proud apprentice of Chef Ronald St. Pierre at Locals Restaurant in Courtenay.

Tina Tang

Tina Tang moved to Kelowna in 2014 to advance her Culinary journey in the heart of Canada’s wine country. After five years of cooking, Tina received her Red Seal Certification for the Culinary Arts. Tina’s interest with the pastry side has been growing for the past two years. She decided to take a chance to move towards the sweet side of things. Tina is currently the Pastry Chef at The Grapevine Restaurant at Gray Monk Estate Winery. There at the restaurant she is challenging her skills and hopes to enrol in a Pastry Arts program to receive technical training under her belt. She hopes to receive her Red Seal certification in Pastry Arts as well and to be a sponsor for all future chefs and pastry chefs. Tina will be taking a chocolate course at Cacao Barry in Montreal.…Read More

Tina Tang moved to Kelowna in 2014 to advance her Culinary journey in the heart of Canada’s wine country. After five years of cooking, Tina received her Red Seal Certification for the Culinary Arts. Tina’s interest with the pastry side has been growing for the past two years. She decided to take a chance to move towards the sweet side of things.

Tina is currently the Pastry Chef at The Grapevine Restaurant at Gray Monk Estate Winery. There at the restaurant she is challenging her skills and hopes to enrol in a Pastry Arts program to receive technical training under her belt. She hopes to receive her Red Seal certification in Pastry Arts as well and to be a sponsor for all future chefs and pastry chefs. Tina will be taking a chocolate course at Cacao Barry in Montreal.

Nicole Taylor-Skerrit

Nicole is taking WSET level 1 at Fine Vintage Ltd.Read More

Nicole is taking WSET level 1 at Fine Vintage Ltd.