Les Dames d'Escoffier International is a society made up of 36 chapters in North America, the United Kingdom and Mexico. The chapters come together once a year to share information, network among members and participate in professional development.
Membership to Les Dames d’Escoffier is by invitation only. Each prospective member must be recommended and sponsored by a Dame who is currently in good standing in the NC chapter. As such, the number of candidates accepted each year is limited.
To be eligible for consideration, potential candidates must:
Have achieved distinction and high professional stature in her career and be knowledgeable in the areas of food, beverage, and hospitality.
Be actively employed in the field with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience. If work is not completely culinary in nature, (such as PR, writing, event management, etc.) 75% of it for those five years must be culinary-related.
Support the mission of the NC of LDEI. With the membership process held once per year in the late spring, potential candidates who meet this criteria are encouraged to attend several of our events, as a guest of a Dame.