Les Dames d'Escoffier International
Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is composed of 1,350 women of high achievement in the areas of food, beverage, and hospitality. Its missions are education, advocacy, and philanthropy. Having been granted a charter by Les Amis d’Escoffier, the initial Les Dames d’Escoffier chapter was founded in New York in 1976. In 1985, LDEI was formed as an umbrella organization to unite and support individual chapters. Through its 28 chapters in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, LDEI is dedicated to supporting and promoting the achievement of women in the culinary professions and to fostering excellence through education and mutual support, as well as philanthropic activities to benefit our communities. Chapters operate under their own individual structures, with member bases, events, and activities as diverse as the cities in which they reside.