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Carol Brock (1923–2020), food writer who founded Les Dames d’ Escoffier

by Linnea Crowther

Carol Brock was a food writer who founded Les Dames d’ Escoffier, a professional organization for women in the culinary world.

Breaking the “Pyrex ceiling”

Brock became part of the culinary industry in the 1940s as a young writer for Good Housekeeping magazine. As she wrote there for 23 years, then moved on to Parents magazine and the New York Daily News, Brock discovered that the food and beverage industry was largely a boys’ club, particularly in fine dining groups like the storied Les Amis d’Escoffier Society. Brock wanted to help women break what she called the “Pyrex ceiling” and rise in the culinary world, so she founded Les Dames d’Escoffier in 1973. Once a small organization in New York, Les Dames d’Escoffier is now international and offers scholarships and education as well as opportunities for women across all areas of the culinary world to come together for collaboration and networking.

Brock on her vision

“We didn’t want a dining society. We wanted to show what women could do. We wanted to raise the Pyrex ceiling.” —as quoted by Les Dames d’Escoffier

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Tributes to Carol Brock

Full obituary: The New York Times

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