The National Honey Board (NHB) presented the first-ever Laurey Masterton Golden Amulet Award at the 2015 Women Chefs & Restaurateurs’ (WCR) Conference and Gala Awards Dinner on April 20 in New York City.
Recognizing trailblazing women entrepreneurs in foodservice, the inaugural award and $2,500 cash prize were presented to Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, founders of Cherry Bombe magazine, by National Honey Board CEO Margaret Lombard.
Golden Amulet Award winners Diamond and Wu had a vision for a print magazine highlighting women in the food industry, while still employing the aesthetic qualities of a fashion magazine. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, their vision became a reality as Cherry Bombe magazine, which was soon followed by a complementary radio show, Radio Cherry Bombe.
The Golden Amulet Award was created last year as a tribute to beloved WCR member, chef/beekeeper and NHB spokesperson/honey ambassador Laurey Masterton, who lost a brave battle with cancer in 2014. Masterton was known for her love of all-natural ingredients, including honey, and proudly wore and sold amulets containing 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey – the amount produced by a worker bee in her lifetime.
The National Honey Board (NHB) is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers and foodservice professionals about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing and promotional programs. For more information about the NHB’s foodservice initiatives, visit www.honey.com/foodservice.
For more information about Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, visit www.womenchefs.org.
Photo(l. to r.): 2015 WCR Gala Awards hosts Gail Simmons and Carla Hall join Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, Laurey Masterton Golden Amulet Award winners, who were presented with a $2,500 cash prize by National Honey Board CEO Margaret Lombard and WCR President Elizabeth Falkner.