Women Chefs & Restaurateurs: Connecting Women since 1993

Who We Are

Established by Barbara Tropp and seven pioneering women chefs and restaurateurs, WCR is an active resource for women seeking to advance culinary education and gain recognition in various areas of the food and beverage industry. Through invaluable experiences and opportunities, WCR helps leverage the voice of talented women, helping to elevate their position while building a strong connection of industry peers. These connections have influenced the careers of many notable chefs today.

What we do

Women Chef and Restaurateurs is an incredible resource for connecting women in all areas of the food and beverage business. By creating experiences that educate and inspire, WCR brings together women of the culinary arts building a strong network among industry peers.  Many WCR members credit their career evolution to their WCR membership, including TV personality Elizabeth Falkner, and past WCR Secretary and Restaurateur Kathleen Blake, owner of The Rusty Spoon in Orlando, Florida. In establishing WCR, our founders gave women in the culinary industry a platform to join forces professionally, magnify their collective voice, and elevate the position and recognition of the women in this dynamic and diverse world of hospitality. Become a WCR member and enter a world of Chefs, Sommeliers, Restaurateurs, Manufacturers, Farmers and Industry Executives who unite to promote women in all areas of the culinary world.

WCR advances the careers of women across the culinary industry through education, promotion, connection and inspiration.

Current Board

alicia-boada

ALICIA BOADA

WCR President
West Coast
Technical Advisor,
Barry Callebaut
North America

ruth-gresser

RUTH GRESSER

WCR Immediate
Past President

Chef/Owner
Pizzeria Paradiso/
Birreria Paradiso
Washington, DC

kim-bartmann

KIM BARTMANN

WCR Vice President
Restaurateur, Cook, Mentor
Biltwell Restaurants,
MPLS MN

bonnie-moore

BONNIE MOORE

WCR Treasurer
President, Moore Impact DC
Culinary Consultant
Alexandra, VA

Sherry-goldin

SHERRY A. GOLDIN, ESQ

WCR Secretary
Goldin & Associates, Inc.
Providence, RI

elizabeth-falkner

ELIZABETH FALKNER

WCR Past President
Board Member

Chef, Pastry Chef, Author,
Artist, TV, Culinary Instigator
New York
Listen to interview here

laura-bolser

LAURA BOLSER

WCR Board Member
Executive Director of Marketing
Hotel Interactive, Inc.
Miami, FL

jennifer-cox

JENNIFER COX

WCR Board Member
Vice President/Regional Chef, Levy Restaurants
Chicago, IL

mary-wagstaff

MARY WAGSTAFF

WCR Board Member
Committee Chair
President, Wagstaff Worldwide
Los Angeles, CA

liana-robberecht

LIANA ROBBERCECHT

WCR Board Member
Executive Chef at WinSport
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

WendyMcFuire

WENDY MCGUIRE

WCR Board Member
Appellate Counsel, Fisher & Phillips LLP
San Francisco, California

SydneyGavin

SYDNEY GAVIN

WCR Board Member
Sales & Operations, Verve Coffee Roasters
Los Angeles, California

CarrieSummer

CARRIE SUMMERS

WCR Board Member
Co-Owner/Chef, Chef Shack Ranch
Minneapolis, Minnesota

AmandaSummer

AMANDA COHEN

WCR Board Member
Owner/Chef, Dirt Candy
New York, New York

NinaCurtis

NINA CURTIS

WCR Board Member
Executive Chef, The Ranch Malibu
Malibu, California