The Telegraph’s Food Power list celebrates British talent, but where are all the women?

By Lucie Kaye

27th April 2017

Pouring over a list of all the movers and shakers in an industry I am passionate about, makes for brilliant reading. But reading the Telegraph’s Food Power list, left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. Whilst I think it’s great that innovations in the way we eat (Deliveroo) and what we eat (Real Junk Food Café) were recognised, I was a little disappointed by the lack of female talent showcased on the list.

Looking at the Drinks Specialists section, a subject close to our hearts here at Eulogy, it was great to see the CEO of Conviviality, Diana Hunter and wine writer Jancis Robinson recognised, but in a list of 11 people, it’s surprising there aren’t more women showcased for what they bring to the nation’s drinks cabinet.

We’re incredibly lucky to work with some of the world’s largest drinks brands here at Eulogy and amongst the brand teams are a host of inspiring, talented female marketers who are helping shape the way consumers appreciate alcohol; but in my opinion, we need more women leading from the front. In our work with some of the leading venues across the UK we’ve come across some incredibly talented bar tenders, such as Kaiko Tulloch of the Lucky Liquor Co. bar in Edinburgh who recently won a Jack Daniel’s cocktail competition, but showcasing female talent is few and far between. Perhaps a nod should be given to Drink Up London’s MD Hannah Sharman-Cox who is spearheading the drinks ‘weeks’ Londoners have come to love namely London Wine Week, London Beer Week and of course my favourite, London Cocktail Week. Let’s hope they’ll be more women in next year’s list because let’s face it, in a world where women now drink as much as men, surely we need to see a bit more equality behind the bar as well as in front of it?

The Communicators section was a little more balanced in its choices, naming eight women including Mary Berry, Nigella Lawson and Nadiya Hussain amongst its list of 15 leaders in food broadcasting and writing, but a one to watch section recognising the women championing new trends would be nice to see. If it were my list I would have certainly called out Rosie Birkett as my one to watch. Rosie Birkett, already a familiar face on Sunday Brunch, has two great books under her belt (A Lot on Her Plate and East London Food)  and is a strong supporter of sustainability, local producers and shines the spotlight on burgeoning trends. Rosie is someone we pay attention to here at Eulogy. If it’s on Rosie’s Instagram feed (59.2 k followers), you know consumers are going to want it on their dinner plate soon.

So when it comes to next year’s list let’s hope the Telegraph, and many more who look at the industry in detail, take a leaf out of the March issue of BBC Good Food’s magazine, which is their first ever ‘women’s issue’ – it celebrates the genius women who inspire us to cook and sets out it’s manifesto to endorse equality, fairness and inclusivity in everything foodie.

I’ll [eat and] drink to that.