Women's History Month - Celebrating our Chefs: Part 3

March is Women’s History Month, a time to honor and celebrate the vital role of women in American history, and to celebrate we’re spotlighting some of our talented female chefs. 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, women run only 19.7% of restaurant kitchens, even though 47% of America’s workforce identifies as female. It is critical for business like FLIK to support female chefs and create welcoming environments where everyone has the chance to thrive.

That’s why this month, we’re so excited to celebrate some of the rockstar women in our organization who are making a difference!

At FLIK, we support and empower all our associates, motivating them to be the best they can be. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our Spotlight Series! 

Meet Donna Langella, Chef Manager

Bonita Springs, FL

Favorite Kitchen Gadget: A paring knife

My Signature Dish: All pasta dishes, of course!


How long have you been with FLIK Hospitality?

3 ½ years

Who has influenced your cooking the most?

My grandmother, Gabriella

Since you started in the culinary field, what changes have you seen?

I have seen more vision and innovation related to [culinary] experimentation, which is great! 

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to aspiring female chefs?

Never let them see you get nervous. Stay focused and determined on your goals everything else is a piece of cake! 

Meet Jeanna Pelliccia, Culinary & Catering Director

Austin, TX & Denver, CO

Favorite Kitchen Gadget: In my professional kitchen, the Burr Mixer, but in my personal kitchen it’s the Rabbit Wine bottle opener ;)

My Signature Dish: Chili Rellenos 

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How long have you been with FLIK Hospitality?

6 ½ years

What inspired you to become a chef?  

I was an event planner at heart. I love planning parties, weddings, etc,, but I was always working for someone else. It wasn’t until I became a single mom that I realized I needed more of an income so, I decided to "run the whole show". I found a way to make a living and keep my three awesome kids by my side. My kids eventually became my sous chefs and delivery staff! It’s a family affair! I would take various culinary classes to continue my education on food trends and cooking techniques to keep me competitive.

After 20 years, I sold my business and found my home at FLIK!

Since you started in the culinary field, what changes have you seen?

The list is endless, but technology has totally changed how we think about food! Google and social media have changed the game. Food is an experience now and everyone can be a critic.   

As a chef, I am always plugged in now. Just thinking back to when I was dependent on cookbooks and Rand McNally City Maps – the world has changed. Now, I depend on my iPhone.

Only 19.7 percent of restaurant kitchens are run by women, a staggering number considering 47 percent of America’s workforce is female. What obstacles do you think women face in the culinary field?

[It’s the] old cultures and stereotypes.  For example, long hours can take away from work life balance and as a single "very driven" mom; this made it hard to compete.

We need to insure that our kitchens remember, "We are ladies and gentlemen, serving ladies and gentlemen" -- instill good values in your kitchen staff, make it a safe and comfortable work place for everyone.  


What We Were Talking About in 2018: Healthcare trends: New plating techniques for senior dining; unexpected cuisine

At FLIK Hospitality Group we believe in great food, great service, and great people. Our wellness first approach ensures our food supports healthy and delicious choices, specially curated by our team of culinary experts and registered dietitians. At FLIK, we believe in seasonality in sourcing our ingredients and providing a customized approach to the culinary and hospitality needs of each client. Our dedication to providing quality hospitality service is unparalleled in the industry.

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