Women Chefs and Restaurateurs
The Premier Organization for
Women in the Culinary Industry.
Founded in 1993 by eight of the nation’s top women chefs and restaurateurs, WCR celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a current membership of thousands of women, offering a variety of opportunities for professional development, advocacy and mentorship.
Today, WCR membership ranges from culinary students, line cooks, pastry chefs, and executive chefs to educators, food writers, farmers, media professionals, culinary consultants, wine experts, food stylists and many more who have a passion for supporting the women in the culinary industry.
Become a member of WCR and connect with the world’s top Chefs, Sommeliers, Restaurateurs, Makers, Farmers and Industry Leaders.
WCR Membership provides opportunities for Connection, Education and Inspiration.
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As one of the founders of WCR, I am extremely proud of how far the organization has come and the important role it plays for professional women in our industry. WCR is an organization with a strong network of support that emphasizes the sharing of ideas to help stimulate growth of women in the culinary field. Education, confidence and hard work are the key to success in any industry but when coupled with a membership to an organization such as WCR, the road to success can be much more defined.
- Lidia Bastianich – Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur
There is a Place for Everyone at Our Table...
Together We Can Make Even More Happen
Students, Seasoned Professionals, Friends and Supporters of Women in Food & Beverage
All Memberships Include These Benefits
-Listing In and Full-Access to the Online Membership Directory
-Opportunity for Recognition through WCR’s Social Media Channels
-May Apply for WCR Scholarship, Internship and Mentorship Programs
-Opportunities to Connect with Industry Leaders
-Invitations to WCR Events and the Support to Create One in Your Community
-Exclusive Discounts from WCR Sponsors
-Reduced Rates to attend National and Regional Conferences and Events
Together We Can Make Even More Happen.
WCR offers educational resources and opportunities with other like-minded industry professionals. Being a member of this unique organization has helped me to become the leader and mentor I am today.
- Liana Robberecht – Winsport Calgary
Learn with Scholarships and Mentors
The WCR Scholarship program was built to encourage, guide and grow individuals on both personal and professional levels. Seasoned culinary experts offer their expertise and wisdom to our members through mentorship programs. These scholarships are only open to members, and professional and corporate members have no registration fees.
Join Us for the Annual Conference
Each year, we hold an annual conference in a new, notable city. These conferences are filled with master classes, culinary competitions, keynote speakers, networking receptions and exclusive on-site tours. We focus on showcasing local talent in the chosen location in order to expand our knowledge of the women in this advancing industry. WCR members and non-members alike are invited to attend these events.
Discounted registration fees are available for WCR members.
I consider the WCR potentially one of the most significant organizations in the Culinary and Hospitality world.The structure and activities of the group has traditionally supported members through networking, recognition of accomplishments and careers, and relationships forged at their Annual National Conference. The receptions and awards banquet are planned and elegant. They are designed to be social and allow real “getting to know you” time.
- Mike McLain – South Region Sales Manager, King Arthur Flour
Get Recognized for Your Achievements
Barbara Tropp President’s Award
An award recognizing a lifetime of culinary excellence and honoring women who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to the foodservice industry.
WCR Golden Awards
The WCR ‘Golden Awards’ recognize women for industry excellence in areas of entrepreneurship, management, baking/pastry, kitchen leadership, beverage service and farming.
WCR Community Service Award
We recognize outstanding contributions in community affairs and honoring women whose contributions in community or civic affairs have made a strong impact on the lives of others.