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Women in Hospitality salon: Do we need 'Best Female Chef' awards?
Mon 3 April 2017, 18:30 – 21:30 BST
After a wonderful discussion last year at the Drapers Arms in London around Women in Hospitality, we have decided to hold a similar discussion panel in Liverpool with leading women in the industry - please join us, all welcome!
Ticket £8, including a glass of wine.
The evening will be discussing the questions “Do we need female focused awards, such as Best Female Chefs?”
We want to organise a friendly and positive panel around this question. We will also explore the current British culinary world - reflecting on where we’ve come from, and to think about the future and how the hospitality world will continue to grow and develop, with a look at how women are part of that.
Part of what this evening is also about, is providing a place for women in hospitality to get together and discuss the unique pressures of this industry, and how that may affect them, the way they work, plan their careers and develop their skills. Therefore, this event is primarily aimed at those working and who have worked in (and might possibly want to be get back into) hospitality.
We are currently still confirming the final couple of panelists, but we're excited to announce who are involved asap.
6.30pm - arrive
7pm - dicussion starts
7.45pm - Q&A
Award-winning Manchester chef who started compiling historical research and developing dishes for Heston Blumenthal’s pub The Hind’s Head before going on to launch her own restaurant Aumbry and then temporary pop-up in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, 4244. Mary-Ellen has appeared on BBC’s Great British Menu and contributes to The Guardian.
Elizabeth Haigh (nee Allen)
Elizabeth was awarded a Michelin star last year for Pidgin restaurant, she is one of, if not the youngest, female chef to be award a star in Europe. This year will see her opening her own restaurant, Shibui, in autumn.
A Liverpool local, Gwen trained as a PE teacher but soon realised that it wasn't the job for her. She spent time working in a number of bars and restaurants before developing a career in hospitality in marketing and PR. Gwen is currently The BDM for Graffiti Spirits Group, and her role includes social media, marketing strategy, developing seasonal events and foraging business partnerships.
Restaurant Operations Manager for GG Hospitality who divides her time between Michael O’Hare’s two restaurants, The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds and, The Rabbit In The Moon in Manchester. Before entering the hospitality industry, Charlotte was a Fine Art and Textiles student who ventured into finance and then took a leap of faith and trained to become a sommelier at the Michelin starred restaurant.