Three Comox Valley women receive Les Dames d’Escoffier scholarships

The BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is an organization of women who have not only shown leadership in the culinary, beverage and hospitality industry, they have, and continue to contribute significantly to their communities.

Since incorporation over 25 years ago, Les Dames d’Escoffier has followed its mandate to elevate the profession through education, granting scholarships to women with a desire to begin their training, or seek to refine their professional skills.

Three such Comox Valley women, Sharon Janzen, Yolanda MacLaren and Katie Phelan were recently recognized when they were awarded scholarships based on merit, ability, commitment and passion in their chosen fields.

Janzen followed her passion for baking, when she went from selling her baked goods from the trunk of her car, to achieving Vendor of the Year at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market with Alderlane Farmhouse Bakery.

“My scholarship led me to France with the Vancouver Island University Baking Program,” said Janzen. “It was an educational opportunity of a lifetime and a dream come true to taste, touch and experience the ultimate croissant.”

The Les Dames d’Escoffier scholarship has allowed MacLaren to continue with the Culinary Program at North Island College, as she pursues her goal to own her own company.

“I have worked in the food industry for many years and I’m excited to continue to hone my skills through professional education”, states MacLaren.

After living in Italy for seven years, where she taught graduate courses in Italian food culture, Phelan, now at Beaufort Winery in the Comox Valley, is happily discussing the virtues of Blattner hybrids.

“With my scholarship, I am realizing my ambition to keep learning, sometimes formally and sometimes not, about wine and oenology by enrolling with The Wine & Spirit Education Trust,” said Phelan.

Comox Valley Dames Lesley Stav and Gaetane Palardy joined the three women at the award’s ceremony.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Elderly man dead following Union Bay collision

The collision happened around 12:50 p.m. on Sunday

Too Good to be Threw thrift store damaged in late night fire

All store profits were used to support Comox Valley Transition society programs

WATCH: Teams gather in Comox for VEX competition

More than 40 teams across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland gathered… Continue reading

Dementia village planned for Comox hospital

Providence Health takes ownership of St. Joseph’s April 1

Vehicle crashes into ground floor of Comox retirement building Saturday

A driver narrowly avoided injury to herself or others as her vehicle… Continue reading

Keep focus on helping Canadians at home, Trudeau tells MPs at start of meeting

Trudeau said the Liberals will offer Canadians hope amid issue like climate change and global tensions

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

Comox Valley libraries have plenty to offer during Family Literacy Week

Colleen Nelson Special to The Record Do you have a young reader… Continue reading

Support pours in for Vancouver Island couple whose home was destroyed by massive blaze

GoFundMe page reached $10,000 in one day for soon-to-be parents

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

12 poisoned eagles found in Cowichan Valley

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

Most Read