WCR: Connecting Culinary Women for Over 20 Years

Since its inception, WCR has grown to a membership base of over 2000 members, in increasingly diverse fields of work, including: culinary educators, chefs and restaurateurs, caterers, artisan farmers, butchers, charcutiérs, cheese makers, marketers, authors, publishers, bloggers and more.

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BARBARA TROPP

Author/Chef/Consultant
San Francisco, CA
(deceased)

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ELKA GILMORE

Chef
California

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JOYCE GOLDSTEIN

Author/Consultant
San Francisco, CA

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JOHANNE KILLEEN

Co-owner, Alforno
Providence, RI

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LIDIA BASTIANICH

Co-owner
Felidia & Becco
New York

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BARBARA LAZAROFF

Co-Owner, Spago
Imaginings Interior Design
California

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MARY SUE MILLIKEN

Co-owner
Ciudad & Border Grill
Santa Monica, CA

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ANNE ROSENZWEIG

Owner, Inside
New York City

How it all began

Fueled by an impactful industry event in 1993, Barbara Tropp and Joyce Goldstein were inspired to write the mission statement for Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. The fire can be traced back to that one moment, when Barbara’s light-hearted, yet strong feminist spirit was amplified, and the desire to change the culinary industry standards was born.

 

Shortly after the paradigm shift, Barbara wrote out 8 or 10 ways to promote women in the industry, and a platform to give women their well-deserved recognition. Gathering their friends and like-minded industry peers, Tropp and Goldstein called on Barbara Lazaroff, Anne Rosenzweig, Mary Sue Milliken, Lidia Bastianich, Elka Gilmore and Johanne Killeen to help shape the organizational vision and structure to forge a clear path for the women to follow. 23 years and many board presidents and members later, WCR has grown to be the industry leader for women that we know today as Women Chefs & Restaurateurs.

 

During the launch of WCR , Barbara Tropp had been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, but continued to devote the next 8 years of her life to the mission, drawing strength and comfort from the incredible successes along the way. She watched the organization grow from an idea to a successful and valuable resource for women to leverage their voice and careers. A legacy.