Austin’s Les Dames d’Escoffier Chapter
Awards Two Culinary Scholarships
Women Culinary Pros Help Two Local Women Pursue Dream Careers
Austin, Texas [May 29, 2014] – The Austin chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) has announced that this year’s culinary scholarship recipients are Susana Cabrera and Sarah Jackson.
The Austin LDEI scholarships are awarded each year to local women who are pursuing full-time coursework in a culinary arts program for professional development. Both scholarship recipients are currently enrolled at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Austin.
“Les Dames is so proud of these women, and it is a privilege to help them achieve their professional food education. We look forward to supporting and following their culinary careers, hopefully in Austin,” said Kitty Crider, president of Austin Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier.
Austin’s LDEI chapter represents more than 50 of Austin’s top women culinary professionals. For the past seven years the chapter has contributed more than $32,000 in scholarships to local women seeking a culinary career.
Cabrera is a 4.0 student anticipated to graduate in November with an Associate’s of culinary arts. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Texas A&M University in 2009 and is currently the line cook and garde manger at Hotel Ella. Cabrera held kitchen positions previously with Llamas Peruvian Creole, an Austin-based food trailer, and Purrchi’s Peruvian Catering. She served as a student assistant in Le Cordon Bleu’s 2013 master chef program and the 2013 Austin Food & Wine Festival. Cabrera won a silver medal at the Austin Christian Fellowship – Texas Junior State Competition earlier this year.
Jackson is a 4.0 student working towards an Associate’s degree in culinary arts. While studying nursing at Lone Star College – Montgomery from 2011-2012, she was on the President’s List. Jackson currently works as a food prep and grill cook at the University of Texas at Austin. She previously served as food prep and dishwasher at Pi Beta Phi and was a cafeteria aide and food prep for the New Waverly Independent School District in New Waverly, Texas. Outside of her current classwork, Jackson actively volunteers her time to assist chefs at the Bleu Ribbon Kitchen, and school open house events. This summer, she will be doing an externship with Disney.
Applicants must have completed at least 20 credit hours (or the equivalency), have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher, and be enrolled currently in a local certificate or associate’s degree program in culinary arts, baking and pastry, or hospitality and restaurant management. Scholarships are awarded based on academic accomplishments, references, financial need, goals, aspirations, initiative and culinary-related experience.
LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage, and hospitality professions. To do this, members provide leadership, educational opportunities and host philanthropic events within their communities.