Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Honors Women Who Inspire

In conjunction with its national conference, Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) honored seven women who have demonstrated excellence in the culinary industry at its 10th Annual Women Who Inspire gala dinner and awards ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Nov. 1.

The annual WCR Women Who Inspire Awards, presented by Food Arts magazine, recognize women who inspire present and future generations of women chefs and restaurateurs. The awards honor women culinary professionals who have demonstrated excellence in the kitchen, dining room, beverage profession, baking and pastry arts, community affairs, farming and food production, and for a lifetime of culinary excellence.

"We're honored to recognize the achievements and innovation of these incredible women," said Maureen Pothier, WCR president and department chair at the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I. "The women honored this year are helping to advance the work of WCR and leading the way for a new generation of women chefs and restaurateurs."

Nora Pouillon, chef and owner of Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C., was presented with the evening's highest honor, the Genesis Award. The prestigious award recognizes Pouillon's achievement in creating America's first certified organic restaurant.

The 2009 Women Who Inspire Award recipients are:

WCR Barbara Tropp President's Award sponsored by Johnson & Wales University
Recognizing a lifetime of culinary excellence and honoring a woman who has made exceptional and lasting contributions to the foodservice industry.
� Judy Wicks, president, White Dog Enterprises, Inc., Philadelphia

WCR Community Service Award sponsored by ProChile
Recognizing outstanding contributions in community affairs and honoring a woman whose contributions in community or civic affairs have made a strong impact on the lives of others.
� Linda Vogler, culinary-arts coordinator, D.C. Central Kitchen

WCR Golden Bowl Award
Recognizing excellence in baking and pastry arts and honoring a woman whose skill in the baking and pastry arts inspires others.
� Kate Jansen, pastry chef/owner, Willow, Arlington, Va.

WCR Golden Fork Award sponsored by The Culinary Institute of America
Recognizing excellence in the dining room and honoring a woman whose front-of-house service or management skills demonstrates a commitment to excellence.
� Ellen Gray, general manager/owner, Equinox, Washington, D.C.

WCR Golden Goblet Service Award
Recognizing excellence in the beverage profession and honoring a woman whose making or serving of wine, spirits, coffee or tea enhances the dining experience.
� Shelley Lindgren, wine director/co-owner, A16 and SPQR Restaurants, San Francisco

WCR Golden Plow Award sponsored by Bon App�tit Management Company
Recognizing excellence in growing or producing from nature's bounty and honoring a woman whose skill in farming or making artisanal products results in food that graces our plates while respecting the environment.
� Moie Crawford, farmer/co-owner, New Morning Farm, Hustontown, Pa.

WCR Golden Whisk Award sponsored by The Institute of Culinary Education
Recognizing excellence in the kitchen and honoring a woman whose passion and excellence as a chef or cook serves as a role model for others.
� Ris Lacoste, chef/owner, Restaurant Ris, Washington, D.C.

About Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR)
Founded in 1993 by eight prominent women chefs and restaurateurs, WCR's mission is to promote and enhance the education, advancement and connection of women in the culinary industry. WCR offers a variety of networking, professional and support services to more than 2,000 members representing all industry sectors. To lea

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