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.

"Now, more than ever, is the moment to build collaborations to support women and their roles as leaders in the future of food to create impactful change across the landscape." —Kristen Lee-Charlson, Executive Director, WCR - Women Chefs & Restaurateurs

WCR Board of Directors

KIM BARTMANN

KIM BARTMANN

Board President

Bartmann Group
Minneapolis, MN

ELIZABETH FALKNER

ELIZABETH FALKNER

Board President Emeritas

Award-winning Chef
New York, NY

AMANDA COHEN

AMANDA COHEN

Board Treasurer

Owner/Chef, Dirt Candy
New York, NY

BONNIE MOORE

BONNIE MOORE

Board Member

President, Moore Impact DC
Alexandra, VA

MARY WAGSTAFF

MARY WAGSTAFF

Board Member

President, Wagstaff Worldwide
Los Angeles, CA

LIANA ROBBERECHT

LIANA ROBBERECHT

Board Vice President

Executive Chef, WinSport
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

WENDY MCGUIRE COATS

WENDY MCGUIRE COATS

Board Member

Appellate Counsel, Fisher & Phillips LLP
San Francisco, CA

CARRIE SUMMER

CARRIE SUMMER

Board Member

Co-Owner/Chef, Chef Shack Ranch
Minneapolis, MN

MICHELLE BATTISTA

MICHELLE BATTISTA

Board Member

Proprietress, The Nightwood Society
Portland, OR

KELLY FIELDS

KELLY FIELDS

Board Member

Chef/Owner, Willa Jean
New Orleans, LA

KARA MACIEL

KARA MACIEL

Board Secretary

Founding Partner, Conn Maciel Carey
Washington, DC