Stacy’s Pita Chips and Stephanie Izard Join Forces to Shatter the Glass Ceiling for Female Culinary Leaders


Less than a quarter of culinary leadership positions today are held by women. Stacy’s Pita Chips wants that to change and announced the Stacy’s Rise Project to empower the next generation of women culinary leaders to pursue their dreams through scholarships, mentorship and thought leadership. The first year of the program will provide four $10,000 scholarships to women attending the Culinary Entrepreneurship program at the International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York City.

To announce the program, Stacy’s has partnered with nationally acclaimed restaurateur Stephanie Izard to shine a spotlight on the work to be done supporting the future generation of female culinary leaders. As a James Beard award-winning chef with vast experience in building a successful culinary brand, Izard has broken down the industry’s toughest barriers for women – and is committed to paying that experience forward. Scholarship recipients will also be mentored by Izard, receiving valuable advice for how to achieve success in the culinary industry.

The Stacy’s Rise Project celebrates its roots as a female-founded brand by entrepreneur Stacy Madison. Her namesake pita chips became a hit at her Boston sandwich cart and quickly grew into the household name that Stacy’s Pita Chips is today.

“I started Stacy’s out of a passion to make great food,” Madison said. “I am honored to see the legacy of Stacy’s continue, to have been the inspiration for the Stacy’s Rise Project and look forward to seeing the women involved in the program have the same opportunity to access and achieve their dreams.”

To learn more about how Stacy’s Rise Project is starting the journey to shatter the glass ceiling for women in the culinary field, please visit To apply for available scholarships, please visit


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