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.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS 2021

Janice Acio

Janice Acio is a Lab technician at the BC Beverage Technology Access Centre in Kelowna. Janice had one of her papers published in the American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her scholarship is towards a Winemaking Certificate at University of California, Davis.Read More

Janice Acio is a Lab technician at the BC Beverage Technology Access Centre in Kelowna. Janice had one of her papers published in the American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her scholarship is towards a Winemaking Certificate at University of California, Davis.

Laura Carbonell

Laura Carbonell, who is the Distiller at Wayward Distillery in Courtenay BC is using her scholarship towards a distilling course at Institute of Brewing & Distilling. Laura celebrates and supports farmers on Vancouver Island and plans to set-up a research program at Wayward Distillery.Read More

Laura Carbonell, who is the Distiller at Wayward Distillery in Courtenay BC is using her scholarship towards a distilling course at Institute of Brewing & Distilling. Laura celebrates and supports farmers on Vancouver Island and plans to set-up a research program at Wayward Distillery.

Karen J Carruthers

Karen J Carruthers is a high school Teaching Kitchen Chef Assistant in Maple Ridge. Her scholarship helped fund a Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia. Karen has a Red Seal in Culinary Arts from VCC. She looks forward to receiving certification as a Chef Educator.Read More

Karen J Carruthers is a high school Teaching Kitchen Chef Assistant in Maple Ridge.
Her scholarship helped fund a Bachelor of Education at the University of British Columbia. Karen has a Red Seal in Culinary Arts from VCC. She looks forward to receiving certification as a Chef Educator.

Van Doren Chan

Van Doren Chan is co-owner of Ugly Dumpling in Vancouver. Van Doren was the Les Dames d'Escoffier International Legacy Award Recipient for 2015, and is a Certified Sommelier & French Wine Scholar. Her scholarship is towards a University of California Davis, Wine Chemistry Course.Read More

Van Doren Chan is co-owner of Ugly Dumpling in Vancouver. Van Doren was the Les Dames d’Escoffier International Legacy Award Recipient for 2015, and is a Certified Sommelier & French Wine Scholar. Her scholarship is towards a University of California Davis, Wine Chemistry Course.

Alexia David

Alexia David is Lead Bartender at The Mackenzie Room in Vancouver. Alexia leads the next generation of bartenders in British Columbia by using her scholarship towards Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers of BC’s ‘Professional Sommelier Diploma Program’.Read More

Alexia David is Lead Bartender at The Mackenzie Room in Vancouver. Alexia leads the next generation of bartenders in British Columbia by using her scholarship towards Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers of BC’s ‘Professional Sommelier Diploma Program’.

Kate Francois

Kate Francois is a Hospitality Marketing Manager for Onni Group, Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Hospitality Digital Marketing Course with the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association. Kate worked as a Public Relations Manager for Fairmont Vancouver Airport before joining the Onni Group.Read More

Kate Francois is a Hospitality Marketing Manager for Onni Group, Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Hospitality Digital Marketing Course with the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association. Kate worked as a Public Relations Manager for Fairmont Vancouver Airport before joining the Onni Group.

Leah S Hayward

Leah S Hayward is a pastry student in Nanaimo. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Baking & Pastry Arts program at Vancouver Island University. Leah holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and aspires to open a Scandinavian bakery café.Read More

Leah S Hayward is a pastry student in Nanaimo. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Baking & Pastry Arts program at Vancouver Island University. Leah holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and aspires to open a Scandinavian bakery café.

Eunae Heo

Eunae Heo is a student from Victoria. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Cook, Workplace Level 3 program at Camosun College.Read More

Eunae Heo is a student from Victoria. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Cook, Workplace Level 3 program at Camosun College.

Eden Hollick

Eden Hollick works the front of house at Vij’s Inspired Indian in Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Chocolate Diploma at the Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver. Eden has worked in the hospitality industry over 30 years and aspires to own a business in the pastry industry.Read More

Eden Hollick works the front of house at Vij’s Inspired Indian in Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Chocolate Diploma at the Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver. Eden has worked in the hospitality industry over 30 years and aspires to own a business in the pastry industry.

Naomi Johns

Naomi Johns is a Technical Sales Rep at Snow Cap Enterprises in North Vancouver.  Her scholarship helped fund a Business Management Essentials Certificate at Cornell University. Naomi is a mother and Red Seal Baker who pivoted to sales to better balance work and family life.Read More

Naomi Johns is a Technical Sales Rep at Snow Cap Enterprises in North Vancouver.  Her scholarship helped fund a Business Management Essentials Certificate at Cornell University. Naomi is a mother and Red Seal Baker who pivoted to sales to better balance work and family life.

Aline Kiyomi Kodama

Aline Kiyomi Kodama is a server and Supervisor at Forage in Vancouver. Aline aspires to become a teacher to support other women in the hospitality industry. She has been awarded a scholarship at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2.Read More

Aline Kiyomi Kodama is a server and Supervisor at Forage in Vancouver. Aline aspires to become a teacher to support other women in the hospitality industry. She has been awarded a scholarship at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2.

Olivia Landers

Olivia Landers is a student and baker at Kingfishers Bar & Grill in Maple Ridge. Her scholarship helped fund a Baking & Pastry Arts Diploma at Vancouver Community College. Olivia hopes to one day open a bakery alongside her aunt featuring traditional family recipes.Read More

Olivia Landers is a student and baker at Kingfishers Bar & Grill in Maple Ridge. Her scholarship helped fund a Baking & Pastry Arts Diploma at Vancouver Community College. Olivia hopes to one day open a bakery alongside her aunt featuring traditional family recipes.

Rocio Lazaro Lopez

Rocio Lazaro Lopez is the Head Chocolatier at Mink Chocolates in Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a chocolate program       at Melissa Coppel Chocolate and Pastry School. Born in Oaxaca, Rocio aspires to share her country’s proud heritage by opening a fair trade chocolate shop using cacao from farms throughout Mexico.Read More

Rocio Lazaro Lopez is the Head Chocolatier at Mink Chocolates in Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a chocolate program       at Melissa Coppel Chocolate and Pastry School. Born in Oaxaca, Rocio aspires to share her country’s proud heritage by opening a fair trade chocolate shop using cacao from farms throughout Mexico.

Rachel Mak

Rachel Mak is a culinary student in Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Cook 2 program at Vancouver Community College. Rachel aspires to open a cafe someday.Read More

Rachel Mak is a culinary student in Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Cook 2 program at Vancouver Community College. Rachel aspires to open a cafe someday.

Jessica Mann

Jessica Mann is Teaching Chef at Carihi Secondary School in Campbell River. Her scholarship helped fund a Master of Education, Home Economics and Human Ecology and Everyday Life at the University of British Columbia. Jessica holds a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and has her teaching certification.Read More

Jessica Mann is Teaching Chef at Carihi Secondary School in Campbell River. Her scholarship helped fund a Master of Education, Home Economics and Human Ecology and Everyday Life at the University of British Columbia. Jessica holds a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and has her teaching certification.

Brianna McKeage

Brianna McKeage is the Assistant Winemaker at Dirty Laundry Winery in Summerland. Her scholarship is going towards a Winemaking Certificate from University of California Davis. Brianna looks forward to pursuing her Masters of Science in Environmental Practice to further help plan, protect, and steward BC terroir.Read More

Brianna McKeage is the Assistant Winemaker at Dirty Laundry Winery in Summerland. Her scholarship is going towards a Winemaking Certificate from University of California Davis. Brianna looks forward to pursuing her Masters of Science in Environmental Practice to further help plan, protect, and steward BC terroir.

Melanie McNeilage

Melanie McNeilage is a hospitality student in Nanaimo. Her scholarship helped fund a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management at Vancouver Island University. Originally from Zimbabwe, Melanie received her culinary training from Cordon Bleus, Silwood Kitchen, South Africa.Read More

Melanie McNeilage is a hospitality student in Nanaimo. Her scholarship helped fund a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management at Vancouver Island University. Originally from Zimbabwe, Melanie received her culinary training from Cordon Bleus, Silwood Kitchen, South Africa.

Fiona Morrow

Fiona Morrow is the Editor of Montecristo Magazine Vancouver. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The London Times, The Independent, The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Magazine, and BC Business to name a few. Her scholarship will assist in her studies at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2.Read More

Fiona Morrow is the Editor of Montecristo Magazine Vancouver. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The London Times, The Independent, The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Magazine, and BC Business to name a few. Her scholarship will assist in her studies at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2.

Kelly-Marie Rampersad

Kelly-Marie Rampersad is a hospitality student in New Westminster. Her scholarship helped fund a Hospitality Bachelor at Vancouver Community College. Kelly received a Culinary Diploma from VIU and participated in field trip to Belgium and France, which included a workshop at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris.Read More

Kelly-Marie Rampersad is a hospitality student in New Westminster. Her scholarship helped fund a Hospitality Bachelor at Vancouver Community College. Kelly received a Culinary Diploma from VIU and participated in field trip to Belgium and France, which included a workshop at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris.

Nicole Reis

Nicole Reis is a chef at Douce Diner in North Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Pastry and Baking Program at the Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver. Nicole aspires to be an Executive Chef.Read More

Nicole Reis is a chef at Douce Diner in North Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Pastry and Baking Program at the Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver. Nicole aspires to be an Executive Chef.

Ricci Leigh Segal

Ricci Leigh Segal is the Chef/Owner of The Perfect Bite Catering Company in Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Artisan Bread Baking program at the Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver. A former instructor assistant at VCC, Ricci was a support member with Culinary Team Canada for 5 years.Read More

Ricci Leigh Segal is the Chef/Owner of The Perfect Bite Catering Company in Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Artisan Bread Baking program at the Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver. A former instructor assistant at VCC, Ricci was a support member with Culinary Team Canada for 5 years.

Dominique St. Jean

Dominique St. Jean is a student and entrepreneur from Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Small Business & Entrepreneurship Program at Langara College. Dominique launched a fermentation business, Scratch Fine Foods, and aspires to publish a book on fermentation.Read More

Dominique St. Jean is a student and entrepreneur from Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Small Business & Entrepreneurship Program at Langara College. Dominique launched a fermentation business, Scratch Fine Foods, and aspires to publish a book on fermentation.

Nikita Billy Stswecem’c Xgat’tem

Nikita Billy, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem, is a cook at Quaaout Lodge, Talking Rock Resort, in Chase. Her scholarship helped fund a Baking and Pastry Arts program at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Nikita strives to learn as much as she can within the industry she loves.Read More

Nikita Billy, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem, is a cook at Quaaout Lodge, Talking Rock Resort, in Chase. Her scholarship helped fund a Baking and Pastry Arts program at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Nikita strives to learn as much as she can within the industry she loves.

Hannah Svecla

Hannah Svecla is a student from Vancouver.  Her scholarship helped fund a Baking and Pastry Arts Program at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Hannah aspires to be a pastry chef and open a pastry shop one day.Read More

Hannah Svecla is a student from Vancouver.  Her scholarship helped fund a Baking and Pastry Arts Program at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Hannah aspires to be a pastry chef and open a pastry shop one day.

Jasmine Thoo

Jasmine Thoo is a culinary student in Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Culinary Arts Diploma at Northwest Culinary Academy. Jasmine aspires to own a sustainable food business.Read More

Jasmine Thoo is a culinary student in Vancouver. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Culinary Arts Diploma at Northwest Culinary Academy. Jasmine aspires to own a sustainable food business.

Jennifer Tocher

Jennifer Tocher is Hospitality Manager at Spearhead Winery in Kelowna. She is studying the Wine Scholar Guild’s ‘French Wine Scholar’ with her scholarship. Jennifer has worked for some well-known BC wineries including; Quails Gate, Cedar Creek, and Painted Rock Winery.Read More

Jennifer Tocher is Hospitality Manager at Spearhead Winery in Kelowna. She is studying the Wine Scholar Guild’s ‘French Wine Scholar’ with her scholarship. Jennifer has worked for some well-known BC wineries including; Quails Gate, Cedar Creek, and Painted Rock Winery.

Abby Wiseman

Abby Wiseman is the creator and podcaster for ‘Small Batch Vancouver’. Abby writes about and celebrates Vancouver's vibrant food and beverage scene. Her scholarship towards Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2 will come in handy!Read More

Abby Wiseman is the creator and podcaster for ‘Small Batch Vancouver’. Abby writes about and celebrates Vancouver’s vibrant food and beverage scene. Her scholarship towards Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 2 will come in handy!

Megan York

Megan York is a sous chef at the Brie & Barrel Bistro in Port Alberni. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Cook Level 3 course at Vancouver Island University. Megan spearheaded a freezer meal program at work and helped serve 1,000 Christmas meals at the Salvation Army in 2020.Read More

Megan York is a sous chef at the Brie & Barrel Bistro in Port Alberni. Her scholarship helped fund a Professional Cook Level 3 course at Vancouver Island University. Megan spearheaded a freezer meal program at work and helped serve 1,000 Christmas meals at the Salvation Army in 2020.