This Chefs Organization Is Bringing Balance to the Kitchen

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This Chefs Organization Is Bringing Balance to the Kitchen

It’s a known reality that most professional kitchens have far fewer women chefs and cooks than men. Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) is an organization that seeks to bring balance by promoting the education and advancement of women in culinary. Originally founded by eight top female chefs and restaurateurs in 1993, WCR currently boasts a network of 17,000 strong. In early May 2017, leading culinary and hospitality talent gathered in Seattle for the WCR 24th Annual National Conference.

This year’s theme was “Join Us At the Table. Eat, Drink and LEAD,” and the conference agenda included a variety of activities including keynote speeches, roundtable discussions, live cooking demos, mentor sessions and tours of Seattle’s hottest culinary destinations. Among the highlights of this year’s conference included:

- The fifth annual WCR Food Games led by Chefs Elizabeth Falkner and Maria Hines

- Talks by top industry talent including Veena Prasad, GiGi Dubois, Tara Redfield, Michael-Ann Rowe, and many more

- City Tours of the Modernist Cuisine Cooking Lab, Pike Place Market, and Woodinville Wine Country

- Closing night “SEAttle to Table” tasting event hosted at the Seattle Aquarium

Peek at some highlight photos from this year’s WCR event in the photo gallery.


Suzi Pratt is an internationally published Seattle event and food photographer. Her photos appear regularly in Eater and Getty Images. She is also a prolific blogger who teaches others how to start a photography business.