Our latest In Conversation event is inspired by Elizabeth Acevedo’s novel, ’With the Fire on High’, which charts one girl’s mission to become a chef.
Join us on Monday, 23rd September for a panel discussion on culinary education, stereotypes and working in the right environment. We’ll also discuss the difficulties women, specifically women of colour face within the culinary industry and how exposure to the wrong hospitality work environment can derail young talent.
Your ticket includes coffee/tea + some Caribbean inspired pastries, and all proceeds will go to Young Women's Trust, who support young women aged 18-30, especially those struggling to live on low or no pay, to get into work that is right for them.
On the panel will be:
Ann Marie Del Bello - Beverage Manager, Hoppers
Ann Marie del Bello is currently Group Bar Manager at Hoppers. Veteran Beverage Director at Loring Place and ABC Kitchen & Cocina, she has been a passionate hospitality professional for the last decade, and has earned beverage recognition from the The New York Times, Food and Wine, MSNBC, and Eater. Anne Marie draws inspiration from the story behind artisanal makers and the team to create a fun and educational experience throughout. A lover of classics, she is also inspired by innovation and who or what is new, and is known for her focus on simplicity and letting the ingredients shine through.
Tanya Gohil - Chef & Founder, Devi’s
Tanya Gohil is a chef, writer and the founder of Devi's - a contemporary dining concept championing diverse female chefs in professional kitchens. She hosts the Food & Feminism podcast launching September 2019.
Safia Shakarchi - Baker & Food Photographer, Dear Safia
Safia Shakarchi is a Middle Eastern baker, food writer and photographer born in London to Iraqi parents. After graduating from university and subsequently training as a pastry chef, Safia undertook short stints in various bakeries before setting up her own creative food studio, offering services that range from recipe development, writing and testing to food photography, styling and events curation. In the kitchen, Safia takes influence from both her British upbringing and her Middle Eastern heritage, as well as drawing inspiration from her travels and time living in gastronomic cities Madrid and Melbourne. In 2019, Safia was named one of Sainsbury’s Magazines ‘Rising Stars’ and in 2018 she was shortlisted for a Young British Food (YBF) Award. Safia writes a regular food column in Caffeine Magazine and works with various food and drink brands, businesses and publications in London and internationally.
Cecilia Martinez Pires - Sous Chef, The Harwood Arms
Cecilia is a young Brazilian chef that fled to America to pursue her dream of attending culinary school, and then to London in 2015 to broaden her knowledge and further her career. She has been part of the industry for 7 years, and currently works as Sous chef at The Harwood Arms, the only Michelin starred Gastro pub in London.