Women Leaders in
Food, Fine Beverage & Hospitality

Carol Brock — Our Founder


Carol Brock, founder of the New York Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, has dedicated her life to excellence. Her impressive, distinguished career in food journalism began in 1944, when she landed her first job as assistant food editor at Good Housekeeping magazine. While there, the role of hostess editor was created specifically with her in mind. Her responsibilities included developing recipes and creating appetizing, colorful food photographs.

Carol also served as personal chef to the Hearst magazine executives and editors and authored the monthly column, "For the Hostess." Carol coauthored The Good Housekeeping Party Book and ultimately worked as a contributing editor for several Good Housekeeping cookbooks. Following her success at Good Housekeeping, Carol became the food editor at Parents magazine, where management proudly declared she was also "the Mother of two ever-hungry children."

Carol's next venture began in 1971 as food reporter for the New York Daily News, where she reigned for the next 10 years. She produced the newspaper's weekly food section, including color photographs, original recipes, menus and food features. It was during this time that she founded the New York Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, which was comprised of 50 prestigious women leaders in food, fine beverage and hospitality.

In 1986 Carol moved to Queens, the most ethnically diverse spot on the globe, where she critiqued restaurants for the Times/Ledger for the next thirteen years and signed on as culinary arts coordinator of special events for the Great Neck Adult Education, which she would continue to do for many years.

Carol is a former national president of the Round Table for Women in Food Service and president of New York Home Economists in Business. She is a member of the New York Culinary Historians, Women Restaurant and Chefs Association, James Beard Foundation, New York Women's Culinary Alliance, Roundtable for Food Professionals and Internal Hospitality Committee of the National Council of Women.

Carol Brock founded Les Dames d'Escoffier in 1976. It is now organization of thirty-eight chapters across in the U.S., Canada, UK and Mexico with over 2,200 members.

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