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Awards also supported by the Julia
Child Foundation for Gastronomy and
the Culinary Arts
New York, NY – The Les Dames
d’Escoffier International Legacy
Awards have been awarded to
six female culinary and wine
rising stars” from around the
country. Les Dames a world-
wide philanthropic society of
professional women leaders in
the fields of food, fine beverage
and hospitality, bestows the
awards annually. Under the
direction of extremely successful, award-winning Dames,
each Legacy Award experience is a high energy, labor
intensive and career expanding opportunity for the winners.
This year, the number of awards doubled thanks to a
generous donation from the Julia Child Foundation for
Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.
Six awards were given in three categories, each hosted
by a member of Les Dames d ‘Escoffier. The categories
include two Culinary awards, two Wine awards, one
Entrepreneurship – Specialty Foods award and one
Entrepreneurship – Farm-to-Table award. Established in
each Legacy Award offers non-Dame women a week-
long workplace experience as an opportunity to expand
their careers under the direction of Les Dames members
who are nationally known leaders in their fields. Candidates
were required to have at least four years of professional
experience and work in the food or beverage industries.
The Culinary Legacy Award winner is Kubee Kassaye,
a graduate of New York College of Technology. She will
spend a week with Dame Margaret Chisholm, Executive
Chef at Culinary Capers Catering in Vancouver, British
Columbia. Kassaye is currently a Chef Tournant at the five-
star Peninsula Hotel in New York City where she is the only
woman in the main kitchen. Over the years, she has been
an active volunteer in the Spoons Across America program,
which helps school children explore locally grown foods and
better nutrition. With an ambitious goal of someday owning
her own restaurant, she is eager to grow professionally but
also is committed to sharing this knowledge by mentoring
other young female culinary students.
The second Culinary Legacy Award winner is Kathy
Masunaga, a caterer and operator of the “Sweet Revenge”
food truck in Honolulu. Kathy grew up in a family-run
factory producing Japanese pastries and later worked in
a traditional bakery. After taking time off to raise her two
sons, she now caters to the film and television industry
in Hawaii and supplies sweet and savory pies at an open
market. She will spend a week with Dame Gale Gand,
Executive Pastry Chef and partner of Tru Restaurant, on
Elawa Farms outside of Chicago.