This July, Iskra hosted three powerhouse female chefs in a Real Talk all about how they’ve made their way in a male-dominated field. You may have missed the dessert, but you can still hear insights & advice from Amirah Kassem, Founder of Flour Shop & Author of “The Power of Sprinkles: A Cake Book by the Founder of Flour Shop,” Kristen Tomlan, Creator & President of DŌ, & Breanne Delgado, Pastry Chef, Entrepreneur & Advocate for women.

“There is a spotlight for everyone. As long as you’re focusing on shining yourself and lifting up other women, supporting other women… that’s the environment that you create and that you work with.”

-Amirah

“More women are saying ‘You know what, no. I can pursue this as a career. I can be an executive chef. I can make this happen for myself. I don’t have to put up with this male-dominated industry, and I have a voice.’”

-Breanne

Don’t have a full hour? Take a few minutes to hear the entrepreneurs’ advice if you’re just starting out on your own.

“I’m proud to say I own 100% of my business and I can make whatever decision I want.”

-Kristen

Take their advice… & go for it!


The hardest question of the night? When Iskra asked the women to pick their favorite NYC restaurants. Here are just a few of their picks!

Amirah: Mesa Coyoacan for truly authentic Mexican food in Williamsburg.

Kristen: Colonie and Rucola for her go-to neighborhood spots in Boerum Hill.

Breanne: Cosme in Flatiron and MeMe’s Diner in Prospect Heights, two of her fave women-owned spots out of a VERY long list!

What topics do you want to hear about in a future Real Talk? Comment below & tell us!

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