Cobleskill, NY — Carol Brock, pioneering founder of Les Dames d’Escoffier who helped break down barriers for women in the culinary arts, received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from SUNY Cobleskill at Commencement on May 14, 2016. Ms. Brock’s support of SUNY Cobleskill’s Culinary program has opened doors for students to further their educational goals and careers, and helped raise the College’s profile amongst food professionals.
In her long and distinguished career, Ms. Brock has exemplified SUNY Cobleskill’s credo of “real life, real learning” as she has led the way for countless women entering careers in fine food, beverage and hospitality. As philanthropist, chef, editor, journalist and author, she continues to be a trailblazer, a role model, and a mentor. Through her efforts and personal generosity, hundreds of culinary books have been donated to SUNY Cobleskill’s Van Wagenen Library.
“Carol Brock’s vision and support of our College and our Culinary programs have had and will continue to have a tremendous positive impact on our students and the industries that they enter. Our Culinary programs are an essential link in our broader point of view. As part of their education and future role as stewards of sustainability, students at SUNY Cobleskill have an opportunity to learn every step of food systems from seed to plate, and even beyond, from food waste back to energy,” said SUNY Cobleskill President Dr. Marion A. Terenzio.
Ms. Brock founded the international philanthropic organization Les Dames d’Escoffier in 1973, the first organization devoted to professional women in fine food, beverage and hospitality. One of the prime missions of Les Dames is to encourage talented young women to become leaders in their fields via scholarships and mentoring. Ms. Brock holds the title of Grande Dame, a position shared by women like M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Marcella Hazan and Alice Waters, amongst others.
Ms. Brock began her career as assistant Food Editor at Good Housekeeping Magazine in 1944, then served for the next 23 years as Hostess Editor, a position created for her. She later became food editor for Parents Magazine, followed by 15 years as food reporter for the New York Daily News, and later as a restaurant critic for the Times Ledger in Queens. She formerly served as Culinary Arts Coordinator for Great Neck Adult Education programming and remains active as a mentor, teacher, events producer, and board member of numerous organizations.