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Etoile d'Escoffier Culinary Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 2019 to support outstanding female students and recent graduates to achieve their professional aspirations and become the next leaders of our industry.

About LDEI and this Scholarship:

Les Dames d’Escoffier San Francisco Chapter is a chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI), an international organization of women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy, and philanthropy. Through events, programs, and philanthropy, the San Francisco chapter of LDEI supports and nurtures the next generation of women industry leaders. Our membership includes restaurateurs, professional chefs, bakers, caterers, cookbook authors, food journalists, farmers, food retailers, event planners, winemakers, wine industry professionals, food publicists, culinary educators, and hospitality executives. This scholarship supports outstanding female students and graduates to achieve their professional aspirations and become the next leaders of our industry.

Scholarship money to be used for: tuition, registration fees, books, uniform, tools, housing, transportation expenses, or any other education or work-related expenses.


$1,500 annually, non-renewable

A personalized Les Dames d’Escoffier Stage

Application Information:

Applications are available on Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI), San Francisco Chapter website: lesdamessf.org/scholarship. In addition to a completed application, each applicant must submit the following supporting documents: post-secondary transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted; see below), essay responses, volunteer or work verification, and one letter of recommendation. Applications must be mailed or emailed to the address provided and must be received by the deadline date.

Interview: As part of the selection process, designated applicants will participate in an in-person or video interview with Etoile d’Escoffier Scholarship committee members.

Eligibility Requirements: The scholarship is open to female applicants who meet the following requirements:

  1. Attend or have attended a Bay Area community college vocational program, post-secondary certificate program, 4-year college, or university majoring in the culinary or baking arts
  2. Have completed at least one term (quarter, semester, or equivalent) of instruction at one of the above-listed types of schools
  3. Have or had a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) or higher
  4. Have at least one full year of industry-specific work experience documented in an attached resume. Unpaid, industry-specific volunteer work may be applied toward this requirement.

Notice of Awards: Applicants will be notified by email of any scholarship award or denial.

Renewal of Scholarship: Scholarships are not automatically renewed for candidates.

Revocation of Scholarship funds: Les Dames d’Escoffier, SF Chapter reserves the right to cancel any scholarship at any time if the applicant fails to meet the standards of academic progress, any other scholarship requirements, or falsifies information reported.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2022

Send the following items, postmarked or emailed no later than May 1, 2022, to:

Les Dames d'Escoffier Int'l, SF
1012 S. Delaware St., San Mateo, CA 94402

Contact: Dame Chantal Martin, Scholarship Committee Chair, cmartin@peralta.edu.

Applicants will be evaluated on a 100-point scale based upon the criteria listed below. Only completed and signed applications will be considered.

Academic Grade Point Average (20 points possible). Points are earned based on the applicant’s cumulative GPA (or equivalent). Latest unofficial transcripts accepted, subject to verification.

Cumulative GPA 3.0 – 3.29 = 5 points

Cumulative GPA 3.3 – 3.59 = 10 points

Cumulative GPA 3.6 – 3.89 = 15 points

Cumulative GPA 3.9 – 4.0 = 20 points

Volunteer Activities (10 points possible). Points may be earned for culinary volunteer activities performed through school, industry, or community organizations. Examples include:

      • Community charity events
      • Food pantry
      • Cooking for disaster relief
      • Volunteering for a culinary club
      • Cooking at a homeless shelter
      • Volunteering at a charity dinner

Only activities performed within the last 24 months will be considered, with a 3-event maximum. The level of participation will also be considered in awarding points.

Letter(s) verifying volunteer service is required.

1 activity submitted = 3 points
2 activities submitted = 5 points
3 activities submitted = 10 points

Essay Responses (50 points possible). Complete each essay question in Section 2 of the google form application. Limit responses to a maximum of 150 words per question. Only typed responses will be considered. Content will be heavily weighted.

Letter of Recommendation (10 points possible). Submit one letter of recommendation from an industry or culinary professional, volunteer organization, or culinary educator. Letter should address the applicant’s qualities in some or all of the following areas: leadership, personal discipline, responsibility, sense of urgency, attention to detail, ability to work under pressure, and meet deadlines. Please note: family members are ineligible, and late recommendation letters will not be considered.

Quality of Application Package (10 points possible). Content is organized, well written, and grammatically correct. All components are present and complete.

Download the Scholarship Applicant Checklist here.


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2019 Recipient is:

Bee Marrone cooked her first recipe at the age of six: spicy yellow curry. Life after was quite simply never the same. Eschewing the traditional path laid before her, Bee moved from Thailand to England, opening an eclectic British cafĂ©: English breakfast in the morning and Thai/Chinese fare at lunch. Ten years later, she moved to California. Always a community champion, Bee immediately began volunteering at her local church and feeding the homeless. Expert in Thai cuisine, Bee decided to expand her culinary repertoire and enrolled in the Laney College Restaurant Management Program. While working and volunteering full-time, Bee completed the program graduating at the top of her class. Bee’s goal is to be a chef at a high-end restaurant, working with a team that focuses on creative presentation, unique flavors, and “thematic catering.”

Les Dames d' Escoffier Int'l-San Francisco

Les Dames d’Escoffier International, San Francisco Chapter, is a 501 (c)(3) (EIN 20-5941764) Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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