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Teresa Cotsirilos Awared the 2023 Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship

Monday, October 09, 2023 11:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International Awards Teresa Cotsirilos the 2023 Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship




SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 5, 2023—The San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI-SF) is pleased to announce Teresa Cotsirilos as the 2023 recipient of the Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship. This  philanthropic organization of women leaders in food, fine beverage, and hospitality awards this fellowship annually to a promising Bay Area woman or nonbinary food journalist who is not a Les Dames d’Escoffier member and who has worked fewer than 10 years, full time, in the field of food journalism. The $5,000 award is presented as an acknowledgement for good works and as encouragement to continue writing and to remain in the field of journalism. Cotsirilos is a staff reporter at the Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) where she covers labor rights and climate equity in both audio and print.


“This fellowship was created in 2010 to honor Karola, a revered journalist who also paved the way for women writers throughout her career,” said Pam Mazzola, President of LDEI-SF. “Our membership is proud to recognize Teresa and all past and future recipients of the fellowship as journalists whose work furthers the legacy that Karola began. Since 2010, thanks to our members’ generosity, and outside donations, the award has grown from $1,000 to $5,000.”

The review committee, which includes Dames Janet Fletcher and Margo True, as well as several past recipients, evaluated nine impressive nominees. The selection process is by confidential nominations, and nominees are anonymous except to the committee and reviewers. Not even the journalists know they have been nominated. Since there is no application process, evaluations are based on published works. The goal of the monetary award is to make a difference in the recipient’s career by providing support, acknowledgment, and incentive.

Our recipients include print, electronic and broadcast journalists and their works cover food, wine & spirits, agriculture, policy, restaurant criticism, social justice, foodways and food culture.

Confidential nominations for the fellowship are received throughout the year, reviewed in the summer, and awarded in the fall. For more information about the fellowship, its nomination process, and past recipients, please visit


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About Les Dames d’Escoffier International

LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who support excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality fields To this end, 2,600 members in 42 chapters worldwide provide leadership, educational opportunities and philanthropy within their communities. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram @lesdamesintl, Linked-in and Twitter @lesdamesintl. More information on The San Francisco chapter of LDEI can be accessed at Follow our chapter activities on Instagram @lesdamessf.

Media Contacts


Fellowship Queries

Roberta Klugman

Co-Chair Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship


Jennifer Newens
Co-Chair Karola Saekel Craib Excellence in Food Journalism Fellowship


Chapter queries

Kimberly Noelle Charles, DipWSET
Les Dames d'Escoffier San Francisco, Communications Committee Chair 


Les Dames d' Escoffier Int'l-San Francisco

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