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.”


“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.’”


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.”


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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