Dame Carol Brock
Founder of Les Dames d'Escoffier International
Carol Brock, founder of Les Dames d'Escoffier, began her long and distinguished career in food journalism in 1944 at age twenty, when she landed her first job as assistant food editor of Good Housekeeping. In her capacity as hostess editor, a position the publication created for her, her responsibilities included recipe development and food photography. She also served as personal chef to Hearst magazine executives and editors, authored a monthly byline in the publication’s “For the Hostess” column, coauthored The Good Housekeeping Party Book and ultimately worked as a contributing editor of three Good Housekeeping cookbooks.
Following her success at Good Housekeeping, Carol joined Parents Magazine, where she worked as a food editor and where management proudly declared that she must be “the Mother of two ever-hungry children.”
Carol began her reign as food reporter for the New York Daily News in 1971, and spent the next fifteen years producing the newspaper’s weekly color food photography as well as developing recipes, planning menus, and writing food features.
In 1986 Carol moved on to the Times/Ledger, for which she critiqued restaurants in Queens— the most ethnically diverse spot on the globe—for the next thirteen years, It was also during this time that she served as culinary arts coordinator of Great Neck Adult Education, where she continues today to coordinate special events.
Carol is a former national president of the Round Table for Women in Food Service and president of New York Home Economists in Business. She is a member of New York Culinary Historians, Women Restaurant and Chefs Association, James Beard Foundation, New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, Roundtable for Food Professionals and Internal Hospitality Committee of the National Council of Women.
Carol Brock founded Les Dames d'Escoffier in 1976.