OCTA is excited to announce that Eleanor Kane, co-founder of the renowned Stratford Chefs School in Ontario, has been named the Women’s Culinary Network’s 2012 Woman of the Year. Eleanor is a past recipient of numerous awards, including the 2001 Gold Award winner for outstanding contribution to Hospitality Education, by the Ontario Hostelry Institute. Her involvement with the hospitality industry began in 1977, as co-owner of The Old Prune restaurant in Stratford but ever since, she has been a force to be reckoned with in the local food movement across Ontario. At the Stratford Chef School, she can be found teaching the gastronomy components of Food Preparation Theory Levels 1 and 2; she also directs and evaluates Level 2 apprentices in Restaurant Labs. Eleanor is also responsible for the theoretical components of the Stratford Chefs School’s curriculum. Congratulations Eleanor! Congratulations Stratford County! We applaud your efforts and cannot wait to see what you come up with next! The Women’s Culinary Network is a membership based organization. Members come from all walks of food life – chefs, home economists, product developers, cooking teachers, cookbook authors, food stylists, caterers, dietitians, manufacturers, recipe testers and developers, publicists – the range is fascinating and rich. The WCN began in 1990 with four women chefs who found themselves in a small kitchen. The respect, hard work, knowledge and companionship that they shared led them to believe that more women in the food industry could benefit and contribute their experiences to an organization that would expand and define a supportive work environment. They publish a newsletter, host meetings and share vital industry news cross the community.