Who Are The Disciples & Les Dames of Escoffier?

In this video, Chef Mark Dowling speaks about the Les Disciples d’Escoffier and Les Dames d’Escoffier organizations and how chefs get inducted into these groups. These organizations were founded about 80 years ago after the death of Auguste Escoffier in Europe.

The Disciples Escoffier International is the premier gastronomic society established in France to maintain the good name and traditions of French Cuisine.  The Disciples Escoffier International continues to work in close cooperation with schools, establishing contacts between professionals and students; to organize culinary events worthy of these traditions; to honor those in the culinary profession who work to maintain the high standards of French haute cuisine and to unite all Disciples Escoffier from around the world. The goals of the Disciples Escoffier International are to honor the memory of Auguste Escoffier, in France and worldwide, promoting and preserving his work and maintaining the great culinary traditions; to promote culinary education and apprenticeship encouraging young people to discover the desire and motivation to work as a professional chef.

Les Dames d’Escoffier also meets as a society and provides women scholarships to culinary school. ALDEI is the premier organization of influential professional women who are committed to the advancement of education and philanthropy in food, beverage and hospitality for the good of the global community.

Once inducted into the organization one is given a color sash that correlates to their profession.
Red Sash – for culinary/ professional chefs
Blue Sash – for non-culinary/non-chefs in the hospitality/ epicure, food industry, media
Purple Sash – Sommelier / Maitre d’hôtel / Restaurateur / Hospitality Industry Professional
Green Sash – Food or Wine Producer

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