CODE Hospitality - the restaurant industry's journal have highlighted the rising stars of the UK restaurant scene, both inside the kitchen and beyond it. Women In the Food Industry highlight the many inspiring women who appear on this year's list of 30 industry professionals. Here are just a few of those they have featured.
Women in the Food Industry supporter Ravneet Gill (28) is an experienced pastry chef, who previously worked at Black Axe Mangal, St. JOHN Bread and Wine and most recently the newly opened Wild by Tart, Rav has experienced first-hand the difficulties associated with working in hospitality. Her platform Countertalk works to make the hospitality industry better for everyone, encouraging businesses to consider the wellbeing of their staff.
Tobie-Anna Durk (26) is the founder of Kelly's Cause Foundation. During her training at Le Cordon Bleu London, Tobie-Anna met Kelly, the foundation’s namesake, who had struggled with mental health difficulties throughout her life, worsened by the unforgiving atmosphere she faced in the hospitality industry. Kelly took her own life at 23, the motivation behind Tobie-Anna founding Kelly’s Cause. Her aim is to honour Kelly’s legacy by making tangible steps towards protecting the wellbeing of all hospitality employees by providing mental health training in hospitality through custom-designed first aid courses.
Kate Frobisher (29) trained at Leith’s School of Food and Wine before jetting off to Sydney for the year, where she fell in love with their breakfast culture. Inspired by her travels, she singlehandedly opened Urban Pantry in 2015 at 24. Her restaurant has won three Time Out London Awards and the 2019 National Breakfast Awards for Best Breakfast in the UK.
Grace Regan (29) was named one of the UK’s best young entrepreneurs in 2015 for her first start-up Clippet news, leading her to Silicon Valley: while there, she became vegan. Disillusioned by the tech world and keen to make her dream of opening a curry house a reality, Grace founded SpiceBox from her kitchen home. She was a Young British Foodies finalist and this year she opened her first vegan curry house in Walthamstow.
Georgia Hutcheon (25) joined the Four Corners Group in New Zealand as a manager at 17, opening its flagship restaurant Ombra a year later. She joined the Caravan events team upon her return to London and then joined Arnold & Henderson in 2017, running their new site Rochelle Canteen at the ICA. She has now worked her way up to become Managing Director of the business.
Julia Jefferis (25) and her friend James Timmins founders of Utter Waffle were previously chefs at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. They began experimenting with waffles after being inspired by street food in Colombia. Their company has already been featured on Sunday Brunch, ITV News London and won three British Street Food Awards.
Natasha Norton-Smith and Daniel Smith (both 27) of The Fordwich Arms met 12 years ago at catering college. They opened The Fordwich Arms in Canterbury two years ago. The pub was awarded a Michelin star after 10 months and rated best pub in the UK.
You can read the full CODE 30 under 30 List feature on Women in The Food Industry's site.
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