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 2020

Elena Adiletta

Elena is a native of Vancouver. When her family moved to Pennsylvania she knew that after high school she wanted to come back to her roots and pursue a degree in Food Science at UBC. She hopes to become part of a research and development team of a food company afterwards and one day hopes to have her very own food product.Read More

Elena is a native of Vancouver. When her family moved to Pennsylvania she knew that after high school she wanted to come back to her roots and pursue a degree in Food Science at UBC. She hopes to become part of a research and development team of a food company afterwards and one day hopes to have her very own food product.

Sona Bae

Sona Bae, still a novice in the industry, discovered her passion for the food working in different restaurants. She is currently studying business management and hopes to one day open a restaurant of her own. Excited to learn from industry professionals, Sona looks forward to expanding her culinary knowledge at the Northwest Culinary Academy.Read More

Sona Bae, still a novice in the industry, discovered her passion for the food working in different restaurants. She is currently studying business management and hopes to one day open a restaurant of her own. Excited to learn from industry professionals, Sona looks forward to expanding her culinary knowledge at the Northwest Culinary Academy.

Kaitlyn Berendt

Kaitlyn started in the wine industry working in the lab, after completing her microbiology degree at UBCO. Realizing her passion for wine and the effort that is put to create beautiful wines, she decided she would like to become a winemaker. She worked a couple harvests over seas, and now she is ready to settle in the Okangan as a winemaker. She is starting her enology certificaite with the help of this scholarship.Read More

Kaitlyn started in the wine industry working in the lab, after completing her microbiology degree at UBCO. Realizing her passion for wine and the effort that is put to create beautiful wines, she decided she would like to become a winemaker. She worked a couple harvests over seas, and now she is ready to settle in the Okangan as a winemaker. She is starting her enology certificaite with the help of this scholarship.

Elizabeth Boyle

Growing up in the Okanagan surrounded by amazing produce and wine Elizabeth developed a strong passion for the culinary arts and currently works at Old Vines Restaurant at Quails Gate Estate Winery as the Chef de Partie of Pastry. She is looking to expand her knowledge to grow her career and passion.Read More

Growing up in the Okanagan surrounded by amazing produce and wine Elizabeth developed a strong passion for the culinary arts and currently works at Old Vines Restaurant at Quails Gate Estate Winery as the Chef de Partie of Pastry. She is looking to expand her knowledge to grow her career and passion.

Ellexis Boyle

Lexi loves chocolate! It absorbs her thoughts almost all hours of the day, As a pastry instructor at North West Culinary Academy of Vancouver, Lexi also loves sharing her passion with students. The LDBC award is allowing her to further her education in the medium of chocolate by attending an Introduction to Molding and Sculpting Chocolate with world renowned Maitre chocolatier, Christophe Morel at the Cacao Barry Chocolate Academy in Toronto.Read More

Lexi loves chocolate! It absorbs her thoughts almost all hours of the day, As a pastry instructor at North West Culinary Academy of Vancouver, Lexi also loves sharing her passion with students. The LDBC award is allowing her to further her education in the medium of chocolate by attending an Introduction to Molding and Sculpting Chocolate with world renowned Maitre chocolatier, Christophe Morel at the Cacao Barry Chocolate Academy in Toronto.

Cassidy Cahill

Cassidy has had a passion for baking since she was small. She discovered while working towards a degree in animation and graphic design that it wasn't right for her and she needed to follow her heart. For years she has worked towards baking professionally, and with the help of LDBC she will be attending the VIU baking and pastry arts program and is on her way to reaching her career goals.Read More

Cassidy has had a passion for baking since she was small. She discovered while working towards a degree in animation and graphic design that it wasn’t right for her and she needed to follow her heart. For years she has worked towards baking professionally, and with the help of LDBC she will be attending the VIU baking and pastry arts program and is on her way to reaching her career goals.

Davina Clunis

Davina is 16 years old and currently registered in the Level 1 Professional Cook programme at the David Thompson High School, where she is actively pursuing her dream of one day becoming an executive chef. Her desire is to not only infuse her Caribbean flavours into cooking but to also learn from the best in the field to be able to cater to the richly diverse Canadian population. She is also enrolled at the University Hill High School where she pursues academic studies.Read More

Davina is 16 years old and currently registered in the Level 1 Professional Cook programme at the David Thompson High School, where she is actively pursuing her dream of one day becoming an executive chef. Her desire is to not only infuse her Caribbean flavours into cooking but to also learn from the best in the field to be able to cater to the richly diverse Canadian population. She is also enrolled at the University Hill High School where she pursues academic studies.

Kelsey Craig

After two years of working various roles in the wine industry, Kelsey is following her passion to learn everything she can about winemaking. She has worked at several wineries around the Okanagan, as well as travelling to work in Australia and New Zealand during the off-season. She has recently returned to her hometown of Summerland as the Cellar Assistant at Okanagan Crush Pad Winery. Kelsey will be pursuing a winemaking education through UC Davis, with the help of the Les Dames scholarship.Read More

After two years of working various roles in the wine industry, Kelsey is following her passion to learn everything she can about winemaking. She has worked at several wineries around the Okanagan, as well as travelling to work in Australia and New Zealand during the off-season. She has recently returned to her hometown of Summerland as the Cellar Assistant at Okanagan Crush Pad Winery. Kelsey will be pursuing a winemaking education through UC Davis, with the help of the Les Dames scholarship.

Angela Dean

My passion has always been food, as well as creating a positive work environments that inspire teams to be their best. I have spent my career in front of house operations, having been fortunate enough early in my journey to have strong female mentors who taught me that working in restaurants could be a viable path to success.This grant will help me pursue my goal of transitioning from a general manager position into a training and development and human resources role in hospitality.Read More

My passion has always been food, as well as creating a positive work environments that inspire teams to be their best. I have spent my career in front of house operations, having been fortunate enough early in my journey to have strong female mentors who taught me that working in restaurants could be a viable path to success.This grant will help me pursue my goal of transitioning from a general manager position into a training and development and human resources role in hospitality.

Zola Dore

After 25 years of management experience in food and beverage industry, Zola has now found a calling in the wine industry. Developing her palette while owning and operating a coffee roastery in Whitehorse, she decided to jump into the developing wine industry since moving to the Okanagan in 2010. A continual quest for knowledge has seen her achieving a WSET3 certification, graduating from Okanagan College with Winery Assistant certification, and pursuing her passion for sustainability.Read More

After 25 years of management experience in food and beverage industry, Zola has now found a calling in the wine industry. Developing her palette while owning and operating a coffee roastery in Whitehorse, she decided to jump into the developing wine industry since moving to the Okanagan in 2010. A continual quest for knowledge has seen her achieving a WSET3 certification, graduating from Okanagan College with Winery Assistant certification, and pursuing her passion for sustainability.

Jennifer Kathryn Ellan

Jennifer Ellan has had a passion for wine since watching her father and uncle make wine in her back yard as a child. During her 10 years working in the restaurant industry, Jennifer decided to pursue her wine studies with WSET. In 2019 she studied Viticulture at Okanagan College, followed by practical experience in the vineyard and also as a harvest hand. She is an aspiring Sommelier and an advocate for sustainable farming and winemaking.Read More

Jennifer Ellan has had a passion for wine since watching her father and uncle make wine in her back yard as a child. During her 10 years working in the restaurant industry, Jennifer decided to pursue her wine studies with WSET. In 2019 she studied Viticulture at Okanagan College, followed by practical experience in the vineyard and also as a harvest hand. She is an aspiring Sommelier and an advocate for sustainable farming and winemaking.

Megan Faschoway

Two years ago Megan left her career at a non-profit to follow her passion for food and it led her to an internship at a remote farm in Connecticut learning land stewardship and cheesemaking. She'd often joke with her friend that once she was finished she hoped she'd end up on an island somewhere making cider. Now living in Victoria, Megan will be using her scholarship towards becoming an apprentice cider maker through the Cider Institute of North America.Read More

Two years ago Megan left her career at a non-profit to follow her passion for food and it led her to an internship at a remote farm in Connecticut learning land stewardship and cheesemaking. She’d often joke with her friend that once she was finished she hoped she’d end up on an island somewhere making cider. Now living in Victoria, Megan will be using her scholarship towards becoming an apprentice cider maker through the Cider Institute of North America.

Tasha Gobeil

Over the past decade or more, Tasha Gobeil has found herself working every position possible in a restaurant, from sous chef to front of house manager. She has a strong passion for food and beverage and is hoping to hone her skills even more through the generosity of the Les Dames Scholarship. By attaining her WSET2 course, she will be able to become well versed in the world of wines and spirits, becoming even more of an asset to her industry.Read More

Over the past decade or more, Tasha Gobeil has found herself working every position possible in a restaurant, from sous chef to front of house manager. She has a strong passion for food and beverage and is hoping to hone her skills even more through the generosity of the Les Dames Scholarship. By attaining her WSET2 course, she will be able to become well versed in the world of wines and spirits, becoming even more of an asset to her industry.

Frances Harnisch

Frances draws inspiration from the seasons of the Pacific West Coast and farmers in the Cowichan Valley in her culinary pursuit. With years of experience working in restaurants and urban agriculture in Toronto and Montreal, Frances discovered a passion for food security and food waste issues. She will be completing her Red Seal at Camosun College this summer and working as the Sous Chef at Merridale Cidery and Distillery.Read More

Frances draws inspiration from the seasons of the Pacific West Coast and farmers in the Cowichan Valley in her culinary pursuit. With years of experience working in restaurants and urban agriculture in Toronto and Montreal, Frances discovered a passion for food security and food waste issues. She will be completing her Red Seal at Camosun College this summer and working as the Sous Chef at Merridale Cidery and Distillery.

Ashley Kiptoo

My love for the culinary tradition began in 2007 when I trained to become a Chef in Vancouver, BC. After spending a foundational year in Vancouver, I further refined my skills in kitchens throughout British Columbia and the UK. Continuing my culinary education and exchanging knowledge of food, culinary tradition, and kitchen skills ignites a joy in me that is comparable to nothing else.Read More

My love for the culinary tradition began in 2007 when I trained to become a Chef in Vancouver, BC. After spending a foundational year in Vancouver, I further refined my skills in kitchens throughout British Columbia and the UK. Continuing my culinary education and exchanging knowledge of food, culinary tradition, and kitchen skills ignites a joy in me that is comparable to nothing else.

Bridget Krestensen

Bridget has worked in the food industry for over 15 years. Living in the Okanagan Valley she is very focused on using local ingredients from farmers using sustainable practices. Using seasonal foods will always translate into incredible flavours. Bridget is excited for this opportunity to learn more about baking sourdough breads and wild yeasts at the San Francisco Baking Institute.Read More

Bridget has worked in the food industry for over 15 years. Living in the Okanagan Valley she is very focused on using local ingredients from farmers using sustainable practices. Using seasonal foods will always translate into incredible flavours. Bridget is excited for this opportunity to learn more about baking sourdough breads and wild yeasts at the San Francisco Baking Institute.

Emily Lycopolus

Emily Lycopolus is a recipe developer, the author of seven cookbooks, and level two olive oil sommelier. She has a background in chemistry and cultural anthropology. She is the co-founder of eatcreative.ca, a food-driven creative content agency, and the creator of The Olive Oil Critic (oliveoilcritic.com) a website focused on olive oil education. Her family owns an olive grove in central Italy, where her love of olive oil began. She lives in Victoria, BC.Read More

Emily Lycopolus is a recipe developer, the author of seven cookbooks, and level two olive oil sommelier. She has a background in chemistry and cultural anthropology. She is the co-founder of eatcreative.ca, a food-driven creative content agency, and the creator of The Olive Oil Critic (oliveoilcritic.com) a website focused on olive oil education. Her family owns an olive grove in central Italy, where her love of olive oil began. She lives in Victoria, BC.

Yolanda MacLaren

Yolanda has been in the food industry since 1995, on and off. When an opportunity came up to work full time, Yolanda jumped right in. Spending the last 9 years with a local catering company, learning and growing, so that when conversations arose of the chef leaving the company, a plan was developed to purchase it. Yolanda now owns the company she worked for and carries on it's values. Yolanda is currently working hard for her red seal endorsement.Read More

Yolanda has been in the food industry since 1995, on and off. When an opportunity came up to work full time, Yolanda jumped right in. Spending the last 9 years with a local catering company, learning and growing, so that when conversations arose of the chef leaving the company, a plan was developed to purchase it. Yolanda now owns the company she worked for and carries on it’s values. Yolanda is currently working hard for her red seal endorsement.

Rebecca Marshall

Rebecca is an apprentice working towards her Red Seal as a Professional Cook through the Camosun Culinary Arts Program. A recipient of the Service Excellence Scholarship in Honour of Tina Fineza, she is eagerly awaiting the chance to head to Two Rivers Meats in order to learn about the humane treatment of animals, nose-to-tail butchery, and the sourcing of sustainable ingredients. She aims to integrate this knowledge into her work and life and share it with others whenever given the opportunity.Read More

Rebecca is an apprentice working towards her Red Seal as a Professional Cook through the Camosun Culinary Arts Program. A recipient of the Service Excellence Scholarship in Honour of Tina Fineza, she is eagerly awaiting the chance to head to Two Rivers Meats in order to learn about the humane treatment of animals, nose-to-tail butchery, and the sourcing of sustainable ingredients. She aims to integrate this knowledge into her work and life and share it with others whenever given the opportunity.

Mandy Newcomb

Mandy's passion for food began at a young age. She attended CNC and Pacific Institute, worked in the industry for 20+ years and continues to learn each day so she may pass that knowledge along to her students where she instructs at her alumnus school.Read More

Mandy’s passion for food began at a young age. She attended CNC and Pacific Institute, worked in the industry for 20+ years and continues to learn each day so she may pass that knowledge along to her students where she instructs at her alumnus school.

Meisha North

Originally from Saskatchewan and now call Victoria home. I have worked in the industry for 15 years and looking forward to my next step of taking Food and Nutrition Management. I have lots of support from family and friends and that's what drives me to succeed.Read More

Originally from Saskatchewan and now call Victoria home. I have worked in the industry for 15 years and looking forward to my next step of taking Food and Nutrition Management. I have lots of support from family and friends and that’s what drives me to succeed.

Jo Owen

Jo is co-owner of wine events company Vin Van. It was the vibrant pop-up bar and restaurant scene in London that inspired her to start the concept after moving from the UK to Canada in 2016. Jo has completed WSET levels 2 & 3 and is currently undertaking the Italian Wine Scholar. Her current goal is to continue to grow Vin Van, offering more wine events around the city. She is also committed to pursuing wine journalism and has recently completed a freelance journalism course to hone her skills.Read More

Jo is co-owner of wine events company Vin Van. It was the vibrant pop-up bar and restaurant scene in London that inspired her to start the concept after moving from the UK to Canada in 2016. Jo has completed WSET levels 2 & 3 and is currently undertaking the Italian Wine Scholar. Her current goal is to continue to grow Vin Van, offering more wine events around the city. She is also committed to pursuing wine journalism and has recently completed a freelance journalism course to hone her skills.

Lisa Pountney

Lisa is a passionate wine industry professional, with experience in hospitality and beverage marketing, sales, and event management. Raised in New Zealand, Lisa chose to study marketing, but has always had a love for wine. It wasn’t until her move to Canada in 2008 that she began to pursue her formal wine education. Lisa has completed her WSET Level 3, and with the kind support of the Les Dames Scholarship, is delighted to continue her education with the French Wine Scholar.Read More

Lisa is a passionate wine industry professional, with experience in hospitality and beverage marketing, sales, and event management. Raised in New Zealand, Lisa chose to study marketing, but has always had a love for wine. It wasn’t until her move to Canada in 2008 that she began to pursue her formal wine education. Lisa has completed her WSET Level 3, and with the kind support of the Les Dames Scholarship, is delighted to continue her education with the French Wine Scholar.

Maude Renaud-Brisson

"Born and raised in Quebec, Maude has called Vancouver home for the last decade. Her love of food, travel, and people has led her to explore many different roles in the wine industry; currently a Sommelier at iconic Chambar restaurant. With an unpretentious approach to wine, she founded APEROmode to expand the community by making wine accessible through education and events. While she completes her WSET Diploma studies, Maude loves giving back and is the latest addition to the CAPS board.Read More

“Born and raised in Quebec, Maude has called Vancouver home for the last decade. Her love of food, travel, and people has led her to explore many different roles in the wine industry; currently a Sommelier at iconic Chambar restaurant. With an unpretentious approach to wine, she founded APEROmode to expand the community by making wine accessible through education and events. While she completes her WSET Diploma studies, Maude loves giving back and is the latest addition to the CAPS board.

Charlene Rooke

Charlene Rooke is a Vancouver-based drinks journalist, consultant and educator. She is a certified WSET Spirits Educator and WSET Certified in Wine, an SWE Certified Specialist of Spirits and an artisan distiller, trained at Moonshine University in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the lead judge of the Canadian Artisan Spirits Competition and currently the Drinks Editor for Food & Drink, the in-store magazine of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.Read More

Charlene Rooke is a Vancouver-based drinks journalist, consultant and educator. She is a certified WSET Spirits Educator and WSET Certified in Wine, an SWE Certified Specialist of Spirits and an artisan distiller, trained at Moonshine University in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the lead judge of the Canadian Artisan Spirits Competition and currently the Drinks Editor for Food & Drink, the in-store magazine of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

Giulia Sa Barreto

After a fresh start in a new country, Giulia works as a publicist at Town Hall Brands. She is actively involved in the wine and food industries bringing client’s stories to the forefront on TV, print and social media. Since her start at the company, her interest in food and wine has grown exponentially, so she’s decided to pursue formal wine education. Giulia is excited to build her career in the hospitality industry and inspire other girls to do the same.Read More

After a fresh start in a new country, Giulia works as a publicist at Town Hall Brands. She is actively involved in the wine and food industries bringing client’s stories to the forefront on TV, print and social media. Since her start at the company, her interest in food and wine has grown exponentially, so she’s decided to pursue formal wine education. Giulia is excited to build her career in the hospitality industry and inspire other girls to do the same.

Lisa Skelton

Reviewing the list of local restaurant closures, the Vancouver food scene is changing and many say its getting harder. Lisa Skelton retired from her own restaurant and sold The Wallflower in 2018. Currently attending UBC to become an engineer, Lisa wants to help provide future restaurateurs with innovative solutions. From automated S'more making machines (her current capstone project) to energy efficient cooking, Lisa wants to empower the next generation of food entrepreneurs.Read More

Reviewing the list of local restaurant closures, the Vancouver food scene is changing and many say its getting harder. Lisa Skelton retired from her own restaurant and sold The Wallflower in 2018. Currently attending UBC to become an engineer, Lisa wants to help provide future restaurateurs with innovative solutions. From automated S’more making machines (her current capstone project) to energy efficient cooking, Lisa wants to empower the next generation of food entrepreneurs.

Shannon Stainsby

Shannon is a student in the Food Technology program at BCIT, where she is studying the science of safe food production. With a background in pastry, she hopes to combine her new technical knowledge with her culinary experience to explore a career in the field of food processing.Read More

Shannon is a student in the Food Technology program at BCIT, where she is studying the science of safe food production. With a background in pastry, she hopes to combine her new technical knowledge with her culinary experience to explore a career in the field of food processing.

Vanecea Waterworth

Working in the industry for over 10 years, I have always thought about furthering my craft with education. Growing up as a kid we didn't have much but what I always did have was food security. All my family knew how to cook, I learned how to make different types of eggs to learning how to bake bread at a very young age. I am so excited to work towards getting my red seel, I have realized that food is my passion.Read More

Working in the industry for over 10 years, I have always thought about furthering my craft with education. Growing up as a kid we didn’t have much but what I always did have was food security. All my family knew how to cook, I learned how to make different types of eggs to learning how to bake bread at a very young age. I am so excited to work towards getting my red seel, I have realized that food is my passion.

Emelia Winnig

A fifteen year career in hospitality has inspired Emelia to pursue her dreams of blending her broadcasting education and love of wine. With the support from Les Dames, Emelia will continue to take broadcasting and announcing courses at BCIT, while finishing her Wset 3 and working to the Diploma later in 2020. She is so grateful to her Canucks hospitality family and is really looking forward to learning more about Les Dames and the work that they do.Read More

A fifteen year career in hospitality has inspired Emelia to pursue her dreams of blending her broadcasting education and love of wine. With the support from Les Dames, Emelia will continue to take broadcasting and announcing courses at BCIT, while finishing her Wset 3 and working to the Diploma later in 2020. She is so grateful to her Canucks hospitality family and is really looking forward to learning more about Les Dames and the work that they do.