Monday, October 29, 2007

Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Announces New Presiden

Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) is pleased to announce Maureen Pothier of Johnson & Wales University, as the culinary association’s new president. Pothier succeeds Helene Kennan, who served as president of WCR for the last two years.

A certified executive chef, Pothier came to Johnson & Wales from Bluepoint Oyster Bar & Restaurant in Providence, where she was executive chef and co-owner along with her husband. She has been with Johnson & Wales since 1997 and is responsible for overseeing curriculum, as well as faculty in the Culinary Associates Program and spearheading special projects. She specializes in seafood, food and wine pairing, and menu/recipe development.

"I am honored and humbled to be serving as the next president of this great organization," said Pothier. "I have some very big clogs to fill!" In looking to what's ahead for WCR, Pothier remarked, "In keeping with WCR's vision of connecting the women of food, I hope we can deepen that connection by expanding the diversity of our members and the number of Local Exchanges available to our members."

Pothier holds an M.B.A. in global organizational leadership, a bachelor’s degree in foodservice entrepreneurship and an associate’s degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales, as well as chef/teaching diplomas from Madeleine Kamman and the Rhode Island School of Design. She holds an advanced certification from Wine & Spirits Education Trust and she attended Beringer Vineyard's School for American Chefs. Accomplishments include guest chef appearances at the James Beard House and aboard a trans-Atlantic crossing on the QE2.

In addition to Pothier, WCR’s Board of Directors includes: Amy Bawden; Jessica D. Brown, Rocca Kitchen & Bar; Susan C. Cagann, Farella Braun + Martel LLC; Patrice Dionot, L’Academie de Cuisine; Carol Durst; Dawn Edwards, KPBS - Public Broadcasting; Lisa Ekus-Saffer, The Lisa Ekus Group, LLC; Lisa A. Kartzman, American Roland Food Corp.; Helene Kennan, Bon AppĂ©tit at the Getty Center; Michelle LeBleu, ARAMARK, Sports and Entertainment; Jamie Leeds, Hank’s Oyster Bar; Laurey Masterton, Laurey’s Catering & Gourmet-to-go; Judy Mattera, Sweet Solutions; Bonnie Moore, The HealthCentral Network; Odessa Piper, Odessa Piper Ltd.; Maria Rodriguez, Vanguard Communications; Karen Trilevsky, FullBloom Baking Co., Inc.; Amy Visco, Ellington’s Restaurant.

WCR was founded in 1993 by eight prominent female chefs and restaurateurs with the mission of promoting the education and advancement of women in the restaurant industry and the betterment of the industry as a whole. Today, WCR's membership includes more than 2,000 professionals who represent all sectors of the industry, from culinary students to restaurant owners.

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