The mission of WCR is to promote and enhance the education, advancement, and connection of women in the culinary industry.
Formed in 1993 by eight of the nation’s top women chefs and restaurateurs, WCR has grown to a membership of over 2,000 members, offering a variety of networking, professional and support services.
The WCR National Conference is a “Who’s Who” of the culinary world. Presenters and participating chefs represent the very best women chefs and restaurateurs in the industry. WCR enjoys working with the conference hotel to have their national chefs interact with the conference hotel chefs, especially their female chefs. All conference meals are prepared by WCR member chefs using the hotel’s kitchen facilities.
The WCR membership consists of individuals currently employed in a restaurant or in the food industry as a chef, cook, caterer, wine professional and culinary educators. The membership is 90 percent female.
The challenge is to produce a conference program that has strong educational content; includes topics of interest for every membership segment and culinary discipline; offer opportunities for suppliers to showcase their products; includes entertaining social events; and showcases the cuisine, history and culture of the host/city/region without making it the focus of the conference.
Rochelle Huppin is an original member of Women Chefs & Restauranteurs when the organization formed 22 years ago. Also, her company Chefwear is a founding corporate sponsor.
Rochelle became president of the organization in the Spring of 2012 until March of 2014.
Mini interview with Rochelle based on her experience with WCR:
1. Was being President of WCR difficult to manage while also being the President of Chefwear & the many other projects you worked with?
The group became self-run when I first became president and this was just what our organization needed at the time. As a board we became very strong because of our constant communication. During my presidency I was able to bring WCR to a place of financial stability. I feel very good that I was able to benefit the organization in this way and I will continue to help with fund-raising in the future.
2. What has been your favorite memory of the WCR?
I have so many great WCR memories.Board meetings are in different cities throughout the year and we have such a blast wherever we are. Every board meeting in each different city holds memories of great conversations, tasty meals and realizations of how much we can all benefit from our collective knowledge and how we can improve our industry for ourselves and generations to follow. The conferences are chock-full of opportunities to learn about a multitude of topics and network with other attendees about a myriad of topics.
Women Chef & Restauranteurs is a magnificent organization for women passionate in the hospitality industry to get together & show off their skills, in the best of ways.