Best Gathering of Culinary Badasses

Conventional wisdom is that Nashville is not overflowing with female culinary talent, since they don’t seem to show up on as many of those “best chef” lists or on cable cooking shows like they do in other towns. Well, the conventional wisdom is crap, because a quick gander at the membership roster of the local chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier — a global organization that recognizes professional women involved in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries — reveals an abundance of talented ladies living in Nashville. In fact, the national Les Dames d’Escoffier organization chose Nashville as the host city for their annual conference in 2019, so at least they apparently know what’s up. CHRIS CHAMBERLAIN

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