Join Chef Edward Lee and Lindsey Ofcacek for a live cooking demo and hear the story behind their innovative Women’s Chef program! In the hospitality industry, as in so many others, mentorship is invaluable. It is how our professionals grow and pass on generational knowledge, while staying aware of how our industry is changing. The right mentor is critical in order to provide an ally with shared experiences as well as access for network-building. The mentees in our Women’s Chefs program also collaborate as colleagues, coming up together, supporting one another, and creating new pathways for growth. And there’s no more open, collaborative space than around the table together, over a good meal.
Lindsey Ofcacek is both a co-founder and the director for The LEE Initiative, which launched in late 2017 and has a mission of addressing issues of diversity and equality in the restaurant industry. Since launching The LEE Initiative, Ofcacek has created several programs under its umbrella, including Women Chefs of KY; Restaurant Workers Relief Program; Restaurant Reboot Relief Program; Regrow; and McAtee Community Kitchen. Prior to starting The LEE Initiative,
Ofcacek worked with Chef Edward Lee at 610 Magnolia as the general manager and wine director. Ofcacek has worked in almost every part of the food business, from farming and distribution to cooking and managing. Prior to joining the team at 610 Magnolia, Ofcacek helped open Decca, working as the front of house manager and then events manager. She has devoted years of tireless work in the local food community. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, listening to records, and hosting dinner parties inspired by Martha Stewart.