AUSTIN, TX– The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts located at 6020-B Dillard Circle in Austin, Texas, is excited to announce that its Director of Career Services and Farm To Table® Coordinator, Carla Williams, has been inducted into the Austin Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. Williams, along with 11 others became the newest members into the invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy and philanthropy.
“I am excited and honored to be fulfilling a lifetime goal of joining this group of women who share a passion with me for education and the culinary arts,” said Carla Williams, Director of Career Services and Farm To Table® Coordinator for the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.
Carla utilizes her current position as Career Services Director and Farm To Table® Coordinator to assist students with global job placements as well as arranging hands-on working experience with local farms as part of the school’s Farm To Table® Experience. Carla appreciates her role in being able to make a positive impact on the future of the hospitality industry.
Prior to her position at Escoffier, Williams worked as a pastry chef and as a certified analyst for Quaker Foods. She graduated with honors from The School of Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Atlanta as well as in Business Management from Kennesaw State College.
“The Les Dames d’Escoffier Austin Chapter is excited to its newest members. With the addition of these 12 distinguished new members, the Austin chapter now represents more than 60 of Austin’s most highly regarded women culinary professionals. Our chapter is thrilled with the professional abilities and range of talents of those who were nominated and accepted into the chapter this year. Carla’s enthusiasm and passion for education is outstanding and we look forward to integrating her talents into our community outreach and programs that support women in the culinary field,” said Cathy Strange, chapter president and Global Cheese Buyer for Whole Foods Market.
About Les Dames d’Escoffier Austin
The Austin Chapter of Les Dames has one of the largest chapter memberships for the international organization and is filled with Austin’s most dynamic women culinary professionals committed to serving the local community. Chapter members offer scholarships and mentoring to women entering the culinary and hospitality industries, organize culinary education events, support school garden projects and volunteer hundreds of hours each year in the community helping to feed Austin’s homeless.
Les Dames d’ Escoffier International (LDEI) is an organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality professions. Founded in 1976 in New York as a non-profit organization, LDEI’s mission includes education, advocacy and philanthropy. The Austin Dames chapter was chartered in 2003 and is one of 28 chapters in the U.S. and Canada.