Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Honors Women Who Inspire with 12th-Annual Awards

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In conjunction with its national conference, this evening Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) honored women who have demonstrated excellence in the culinary and hospitality industries at its 12th-Annual Women Who Inspire gala dinner and awards ceremony sponsored by Food Arts magazine at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge.The annual WCR Women Who Inspire Awards recognize professionals who have demonstrated
excellence in the kitchen, dining room, beverage profession, baking and pastry arts, community
affairs, farming and food production, and for a lifetime of culinary excellence.

“We’re privileged to recognize the achievements and innovations of these incredible women,”
said Jamie Leeds, WCR president and chef/owner of Hank’s Oyster Bar in Washington, D.C.,
and Alexandria, Va. “The honorees this year are helping to advance the work of WCR and
leading the way for a new generation of women chefs and restaurateurs.”

The awards ceremony was emceed by Carla Hall, co-host of ABC-TV’s “The Chew” and
executive chef/owner of Alchemy by Carla Hall in Washington, D.C., and Elizabeth Falkner,
chef/owner of Citizen Cake and Orson in San Francisco and a contestant in the current season
of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs.”