By Angela Green, Content Executive: International Women’s Day sees BaxterStorey appointment to drive diversity.
This International Women’s Day, BaxterStorey has welcomed self-taught chef, Bettina Campolucci Bordi as Chef Partner to inspire more women into the hospitality industry.
A successful wellness chef, Bettina specialises in plant-based cooking. From running health retreats across the world, to writing bestselling cookbooks, she is passionate about making sustainable cooking more accessible. Following a successful career, Bettina will be working both with BaxterStorey’s chef team and the wider business to drive diversity and promote female leadership in the kitchen.
Campolucci Bordi said of her appointment: “Being able to support females within our industry is important and we must make it accessible, dispelling myths and creating more female leaders. Women supporting women is where the magic happens, and I am looking forward to working with many of the female chefs across BaxterStorey to attract more talent and invest in the development and wellbeing of teams.”
She joins BaxterStorey Chef Partners including Adam Byatt, Kirk Haworth, Richard Corrigan, Josh Eggleton and Ruth Hansom who has been a mentor to female chefs, including her work with Boathouse 4 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, supporting Head Chef, Charlie and her strong female team.
Greg Bramwell, Director of Food at BaxterStorey, said: “Bettina has risen through the ranks of the industry as a self-taught chef. She didn’t come through the traditional route, and is a great example to young, ambitious chefs. Hospitality is one of the only industries you can come into with little to no qualifications and forge a successful and exciting career and we’re keen to learn from chefs like Bettina to help improve our business and inspire our people. Inspiring female chefs is something we’re passionate about. We’re thrilled to support Ruth Hansom and Nicole Benham-Corlette, Sous Chef at Boathouse 4, who are both worthy finalists in the Roux Scholarship this year.”
Food, of course, will be at the heart of what Bettina will bring to the partnership. In addition to driving positive change, she’ll be working with BaxterStorey’s culinary team to inspire creativity in the kitchen. Sustainability and innovation are both part of the culture of BaxterStorey, with expectation growing on society to become more conscious of the environmental footprint of food choices, and more people turning to plant-based options. BaxterStorey is taking it one step further and grasping the opportunities to connect more with customers to prioritises health and wellness; and create a food culture that is fuelled by chefs inspired, educated, and motivated to drive it.