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Rye Woman Wins James Beard Foundation Culinary Leadership Grant

Guadalupe Hernandez is among 21 women nationwide to win a Culinary Leadership Grant from the James Beard Foundation.
Guadalupe Hernandez is among 21 women nationwide to win a Culinary Leadership Grant from the James Beard Foundation. Photo Credit: Provided

RYE, N.Y. -- A Rye resident is the recipient of the James Beard Foundation 2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant.

Guadalupe Hernandez is one of the 21 women who will participate in a six- or 12-month mentor/grantee program overseen by "top industry leaders," said the announcement.

She will complete a 12-month, back-of-house program overseen by James Beard Award-winner April Bloomfield, of Spotted Pig in New York.

Over 60 women with a background in hospitality and the culinary arts applied to participate in the program.

Launched in 2012, the Women in Culinary Leadership Program was spearheaded by Rohini Dey, JBF trustee and restaurateur, and Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation.

The mentoring program for aspiring chefs and restaurateurs aims to build in-depth skills in the kitchen and in restaurant management.

“We created this program to help accelerate women’s careers in the culinary industry, specifically by building their skills both in the kitchen and in front-of-house management,” said Rohini Dey, owner and founder of the Indian-Latin restaurants Vermilion in New York City and Chicago.

“This year 18 mentors will guide the JBF Women in Culinary Leadership grantees through rigorous programs that will include business training in kitchen, floor management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. By staying actively involved in our grantees development trajectory during the training and beyond, our goal is to enable women to break through the gastro-ceiling.”

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