FAB Women: Powerful All-Female Speaker Line-Up Boosts FAB 2021 at Virtual Travel Retail Expo
“There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish” – Michelle obama
INTERNATIONAL. The food and drinks module next Virtual Travel Retail Trade Show will feature a special session, FAB Women, to recognize, encourage and develop the participation of women in the airport F&B sector. FAB Women takes place on October 14 and promises to be a highlight of FAB 2021 to the all-digital event.
Visitor registration remains open for the Virtual Travel Retail Trade Show (October 11-15) and for FAB 2021. The event is organized by The Moodie Davitt Report and FILTR.QINGWA, with co-organizer Hainan Provincial Bureau of International Economic Development. Registration is free for all travel retailers, food and beverage dealers, and airport companies.
The FAB Women session, which was first hosted at the Airport Food & Beverage Conference (hosted by The Moodie Davitt Report) in Dallas in 2019, features four prominent women leaders in the F&B chain. These highly experienced, successful and influential women will share their experiences, career highlights and offer advice to others working in an often male-dominated industry.
FAB Women speakers include Michelin-starred chef Cristina Bowman, Philadelphia restaurateurs Valeria Safran and chef Marcie Blaine Turney, and Hong Kong restaurant owner Yvonne Kam.
The FAB Women session will be moderated by Lana Cramer, vice president of corporate marketing and communications for SSP America. More information about FAB 2021 can be found here.
Chef Cristina Bowerman
Cristina Bowerman is a multi-talented chef, holder of a Michelin star, passionate about travel and innovative cuisine. His creative plates are rooted in Italian tradition with an international touch.
Bowerman, of Italian origin, studied foreign languages and law and worked as a graphic designer in the United States. After completing a course at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Texas, his career took on a new path that led him to work in several restaurants. She was guided by key mentors including chefs Egil Valentin of Puerto Rico and David Bull.
Keen to inspire a new generation of female chefs and lead a fresh and modern era of Italian cuisine, Bowerman returned to Italy in 2004.
A year later, she took over the kitchen of Hostaria glass, now a well known restaurant in Rome. National and international recognition followed, and in 2010 Bowerman was awarded a Michelin star, the only female chef to receive one that year.
In 2012, with Glass Hostaria owners Fabio Spada and Silvia Sacerdoti, Bowerman launched Romeo Chef and Baker, which houses a bar, restaurant, bakery and delicatessen.
In 2014, she published her first book, From Cerignola to San Francisco and back – My life as a chef swimming against the tide. His second book, The Chef meets the Artist, followed in 2019, both highlighting Bowerman’s strong personality.
Bowerman’s story and a case study of Glass Hostaria are taught at Bocconi University, and for several years she has led cooking classes at several educational institutions, both as a teacher and director of Classes.
Bowerman’s commitments are notorious and address several fronts, starting with training and education, and always emphasizing the role of women in the workforce. She won the Woman Chef of the Year and Best Italian Woman Chef in Europe awards and was the protagonist of Action Aid’s biggest campaign.
Bowerman helped establish Fiorano For Kids, with a focus on special diets in treating childhood epilepsy, and also led a discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year on the importance of sustainability. food.
Chef Marcie Blaine Turney and Valérie Safran
Marcie Blaine Turney and Valeria Safran are considered two of Philadelphia’s most important and ambitious businesswomen.
They worked for over a decade to transform a once desolate strip of 13th Street in town into a hip neighborhood now known as “Midtown Village.” Their Safran Turney Hospitality group owns and operates four popular restaurants in the neighborhood: Barbuzzo; Little Nonna’s, Bud & Marilyn’s and Lolita. Nearby are two lifestyle boutiques, Open House and Verde.
In 2019, in partnership with Areas, they opened a Bud & Marilyn’s restaurant at Philadelphia International Airport.
Chef Turney adds a globetrotter culinary style to his restaurants: Barbuzzo offers casual traditional Mediterranean dishes, Little Nonna specializes in Italian cuisine while Lolita is known for its Mexican dishes. At Bud & Marilyn, she focuses on regional American cuisine. Turney’s menus, which combine local artisan ingredients with classic and innovative preparations, have gained local and national recognition.
Co-owner Valérie Safran, former grade 8 Spanish teacher, manages the front of house / financial operations of all restaurants and shops.
As a team, Safran and Turney are field entrepreneurs who truly own every aspect of their activities, from the appearance of the spaces to the products and menus they offer to the service standards practiced by the staff.
Restaurateur Yvonne Kam is well-known in Hong Kong, where she is considered a trailblazer, having taken the helm of the award-winning and world-famous restaurant Yung Kee.
Granddaughter of Yung Kee founder Kam Shui-fai, Kam is recognized for her hard work, tenacity and ability to break down barriers as the first woman to take over a family business which, by tradition and profession, is an industry dominated by men.
As CFO of Yung Kee Restaurant Group, Kam has been instrumental in the group’s business activities, playing a central role in setting the strategic direction for the growth and intensification of the Yung Kee brand.
Renowned for his original family recipes for charcoal-grilled meats and other classic Cantonese dishes, Yung Kee has been offering relaxed and formal Cantonese cuisine over five floors at his restaurant in the heart of Central from his humble beginnings as a dai pai dong. [open-air food stall] in 1936.
The restaurant has undergone many changes in location and appearance during its 80 years of operation, but is still dedicated to preserving authentic Cantonese cuisine and promoting Hong Kong culinary culture in its restaurant. world class on Wellington Street.
His charcoal roasted goose – invented by founder Kam Shui-Fai – has been a long-time favorite with locals and tourists alike.
In 2016, Yung Kee collaborated with SSP to open at Hong Kong International Airport. According to Yvonne Kam, the restaurant symbolizes the group’s proactive approach to customers around the world.
Kam graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce and Accounting and has been a Chartered Accountant since 2000. She joined the family business in 2005, once a week, part time, to supervise finances.
Kam is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
She has been an active member of the board of directors of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) – Hong Kong Section from 2011 to 2018 and section president in 2018-2019. Kam has also assumed EO roles in the APAC region as Forum Director, member of EO’s Global Communications Committee (GCC), and member of the Standing Committee on Finance.
Kam has extensive practical experience in other high growth companies. She founded Corner Block, a leading organic food retail brand, and its sister wholesale company Organic Experience Management Group Limited.
Lana Cramer, who will chair the session, is vice president of corporate marketing and communications for SSP America, a division of SSP Group, which operates F&B dealerships in travel locations around the world.
Cramer joined SSP America seven years ago to oversee marketing and communications initiatives and to manage media relations and proposal development.
Prior to SSP America, Lana led marketing and communications for Hargrove. This leading experiential events company has produced every presidential inauguration since the 1950s, decades of US-hosted global summits, national political conventions, and experiential events for brands such as Nike, Sony, Microsoft, and Starbucks.
Cramer holds a Masters of Political Science from American University and a Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University. During her undergraduate studies, she was recognized as one of America’s top university speakers.
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To note: * While Virtual Expo registration is free for exhibitors, retailers and other commercial operators, as well as airports and other owners, we have also introduced a wholesale discount program for brands and non-distributors. exhibitors who wish to attend the Expo and the fantastic five-day Knowledge Center and Experience Arena. Speak to Irene Revilla at [email protected] for details.