About half of all American restaurants are now owned or co-owned by women. As society continues to shift daily, women play an influential role in successful change. They are providing food, which is not only a human necessity but also an identifying part of our culture. As culture continues to change, so does our food language. The restaurant industry today adapts to the demands of food culture and satisfaction of the customer. Many women today continue to prove themselves to be successful business owners in an advancing industry. Yes, women can wear the chef pants just as well as men. Need an example? Then check out the accomplishments of Chef Alice Waters. There’s an added surprise near the end of the post too (hint hint).
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Her Positive Impact on Organic Food Culture
One trailblazer who helped to inspire change within the restaurant industry is Alice Waters. An entrepreneur restaurant owner who helped to redefine healthy food, Alice epitomizes the definition of healthy dining. Chez Panisse, her California restaurant, is well-known in Berkeley as one of the very first restaurants to blend organic ingredients into fine cuisine. She is a pioneer in this aspect of US food culture.
The success of Chez Panisse proves that their organic dishes have top quality and flavor. Alice networks with local farmers to ensure only the finest quality organic ingredients are used. By maintaining such high standards herself and demanding the same of employees, she is preserving the reputation of Chez Panisse and their popular organic cuisine.
Chef Alice Waters on School Lunch Reform
Alice’s passion for healthy eating went outside the walls of her restaurant too. She became a well-known and respected voice when she created the Chez Panisse Foundation. Her foundation brought about change in the Berkeley California school system by creating a curriculum and merging it with the existing public school dining program. The program implemented introduced healthy eating and quickly became a popular part of the local food culture. Its success led to similar programs in 5 other cities across the country.
Furthermore, Alice Waters remains a crusader of influence in national policy with school lunch reform. Alice’s example is indicative of the advancements of women in the restaurant industry who also can impact change in the community.
And if you’re still reading this post, you’re in for a treat! In addition to Chef Alice Waters, check out how Kat Cole has been a game changer in the restaurant industry too.
Kat Cole is a Restaurant Industry Superstar Too
Cinnabon’s own Kat Cole. Photo by Kat Cole [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
As women continue to successfully lead some of the biggest restaurants, we want to spotlight another one here today. One of these women is Kat Cole, President of Cinnabon.
Kat did a lot in less than five years. For instance, she teamed up with restaurants and supermarkets, added over 200 bakeries, and took the business operations worldwide. They now operate more than 50 countries.
Kat has done non-profit work too. In Ethiopia, for example, she helped kids and women in need. Kat Cole is an example of success and inspiration to women entrepreneurship everywhere.
Inspirational Women in the Restaurant Industry
In conclusion, Kat Cole is an example of amazing female leadership, as is Chef Alice Waters. Together they prove women can create extremely successful businesses in changing times and impact food culture. Just think, they are only two of many powerful females – wow!
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