Published 8 March 2021
Each year we publish CODE’s list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality, to champion the women who genuinely effect change in the industry. Nominations for our 2021 list are still open and can be sent to [email protected] – just give us the name and brief reason for your suggestion.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, below we’re sharing some of our favourite stories of women in the industry, from a joyful interview with Nutshell founder Marwa Alkhalaf to Elizabeth Haigh on her tools of the trade at Mei Mei. Plus we’ve lined up some of our favourite industry offers from female-led businesses on the CODE app.
CERU was born out of Patricia and her partner Barry’s love of Levantine food, and now that they’ve established CERU at home, we can bring the sunshine of the southeast Mediterranean to our kitchens. Patricia tells us that CERU’s kits ‘leave customers with the inspiration to experiment with their favourite flavours – whether they are foodie enthusiasts, budding home chefs, or simply homebodies.’
Victoria set up her Tel Aviv-inspired restaurant HAYA in 2019, and during lockdown they’ve started offering a brilliant range of kits and hampers. We’re pretty taken by the ‘pizza babka’ kit, which also happens to be Victoria’s favourite: ‘Pizza is my go-to Sunday night meal, and babka is by far my favourite desert, so put the two together and I can’t think of anything better. I love the fact this this kit excites everyone; it’s a fun group activity.’
Much-loved for her baking tutorials on YouTube and her ever-popular bakery in Soho, Jemma (or Cupcake Jemma to most) tells us why the Crumbs & Doilies Black Forest New York Cookie kit is her go-to at the moment. ‘They’re tangy, rich, gooey, chewy and a bit crispy. What I love about the bake-at-home kits is that since having a baby, I’ve found it really difficult to find the time to focus on the kind of baking I used to do. With the kits, most of the hard work is done for me. I can quickly make up the dough while Eden naps, pop the balls in the freezer and then bake them off one by one when I need them, and BOY, do I need them! They’ve helped me get back into my baking groove.’
Julia runs the show at Vintner, a company who firmly believe that good wine doesn’t have to be complicated. She shares her favourite wine of the moment with us: ‘In the spirit of celebrating International Women’s Day I thought it only right to choose a wine with a female winemaker, which just so happens to be one of my favourites. Our Custoza is dangerously moreish, and suits any occasion or food. Custoza is a village in the hills of Lake Garda, and although we sadly can’t be visiting this beautiful setting right now, the wine does a good job at transporting you there through its stunning flavour. If you haven’t already tried this wine, waste no more time, and grab yourself a bottle!’
There is a great deal to be said for the quietly successful restaurateur. One such person is Sally Clarke
One of the most inspiring aspects of hospitality is how one person can help another
The power of food as a vehicle to spread joy is important to the founder of Iranian restaurant Nutshell. We hear more
Founder of Be Inclusive Hospitality Lorraine Copes explains the problems in the industry and affecting change
What does it take to be a successful female entrepreneur in the hospitality industry? Alex Head tells us more
Chef patron of Mei Mei Elizabeth Haigh talks about the structure and design that brought her project to life