The annual 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality list has been released by CODE Hospitality, highlighting women that have genuinely affected change in the UK hospitality industry over the past 12 months.
The unranked list, created by the industry membership organisation, champions women working in all areas of the hospitality industry and is divided into nine categories, including leaders, chefs, operators, front-of-house, sommeliers, suppliers, broadcasters, producers, writers, and PR and communications experts.
According to the CODE Hospitality website, this year's list also recognises the adversity and struggles faced by the sector over the past year: "in particular, the women who have not just survived the enormous challenge of the pandemic, but who have thrived in it. Whether that is launching a business, keeping one afloat, helping others or speaking up for us all, the range of achievements is remarkable."
A 'support' section recognises 12 women who have been instrumental in helping and supporting the community throughout the pandemic, including Nicole Pisani, theco-founder and executive chef of Chefs in Schools, who ensured that children were being fed good, nutritious meals throughout the pandemic; and Tobie-Anna Durk, a former chef and founder of Kelly’s Cause Foundation, a community of mental health first aiders to protect and care for those in hospitality.
This year's judges were Mark Wogan, co-founder of Homeslice, David Ellis, editor of the Evening Standard’s 'Reveller' pages, Jennifer Shu from Resy and journalist Fiona McCarthy.
Narda Lepes has been named Latin America’s Best Female Chef for 2020, and will be honoured at the virtual countdown of the list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, on 3 December.